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THE SIDELINES : 8 NBA Players Fined for Fighting

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The NBA fined eight players from the Atlanta Hawks and Detroit Pistons a total of $6,750 today for their roles in an altercation during a game last week.

Bill Laimbeer of the Pistons was fined $2,000 for initiating the incident by bumping Dominique Wilkins to the floor with his hip and pushing him twice in last Tuesday night’s game.

Wilkins was fined $1,000 for charging Laimbeer. Kevin Willis of the Hawks was fined $1,000, Vinnie Johnson of the Pistons was fined $750 and Doc Rivers of the Hawks was fined $500, each for taking part in the altercation.

Three other Pistons--William Bedford, James Edwards and John Salley--were fined $500 each for leaving the bench area during the incident.

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