San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for heaving a ball past an official and into the stands during a playoff game against the Denver Nuggets.
Meanwhile, Nets general manager Sean Marks has been suspended one game without pay and fined $25,000 for entering the referees’ locker room after Brooklyn’s loss to Philadelphia in Game 4 of their playoff series.
DeRozan’s fine was handed down Sunday by league discipline executive Kiki VanDeWeghe while Marks’ punishment was announced Sunday by Byron Spruell, the NBA’s president of league operations.
DeRozan’s incident occurred with about five minutes remaining in the Spurs’ 117-103 loss to the Nuggets on Saturday night that tied the series at 2-2. DeRozan was called for an offensive foul against Denver’s Gary Harris and responded by whipping the ball in the general direction of the referee. He received a technical foul and was ejected.
DeRozan said afterward that he was frustrated by what he thought was a bad call.
Game 5 is Tuesday night in Denver.
The Nets lost 112-108 on Saturday in a game in which Brooklyn’s Jared Dudley and Philadelphia’s Jimmy Butler were ejected after a scuffle broke out following Joel Embiid’s flagrant foul against Jarrett Allen in the third quarter.
The Nets were already angry about a flagrant foul Embiid committed against Allen in Game 2, and coach Kenny Atkinson complained that the 76ers held Allen before he turned the ball over on the Nets’ last chance to tie the game.
Marks will serve his suspension Tuesday, when the 76ers try to wrap up the series in Game 5 in Philadelphia.
Toronto 107, at Orlando 85: Kawhi Leonard scored 34 points and the Raptors took a 3-1 lead in their Eastern Conference first-round series.
Pascal Siakam and Norman Powell each scored 16 for the Raptors, who can advance with a home win in Game 5 on Tuesday. Toronto has now won three consecutive postseason games, only the third time that’s happened in franchise history.
Aaron Gordon scored 25 for the Magic, making his first seven shots of the second half. Evan Fournier scored 19 and Nikola Vucevic added 11 for the Magic, who committed 17 turnovers that became 21 Toronto points.
And now the Magic’s season is squarely on the brink. There have been 11 teams to successfully rally from a 3-1 series deficit in a best-of-seven NBA series, and of those, only three pulled it off by winning a Game 7 on the road.
So it’s not impossible — just highly improbable.
And with the way Leonard looked in Game 4, the Magic hopes seem particularly slim.
“It’s fun,” said Leonard, who didn’t appear in last season’s playoffs while dealing with injury and discontent in San Antonio before his offseason trade to Toronto. “This is what you play for all season long. And I’m just grateful to be out here on the floor again. I’m feeling good. It took a long time for me to get healthy but I’m happy with the way things are turning out now.”
The 2014 NBA Finals MVP made 12 of 20 shots, added six rebounds and scored his 34 points in 35 minutes. He was in total control on both ends, and the Raptors shot 53 percent — a franchise record for a road playoff game. Serge Ibaka scored 13 and Kyle Lowry had nine assists for the Raptors.