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NBA-Highlights from Saturday's NBA games
(Sat, 28 Nov 2015 22:17:18 PST)
(Adds late games) Nov 28 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights from National Basketball Association games on Saturday: - - - - Raptors 84, Wizards 82 Guard Cory Joseph sank the winning three-pointer with 0.3 seconds remaining as the Toronto Raptors, courtesy of Kyle Lowry's 27 points, beat the Washington Wizards. Despite a horrid shooting performance from guard John Wall and no field goals in the final 4:23, the Wizards (7-7) led 82-81 with five seconds remaining. ...

Spurs send defensive message in win over Hawks
(Sat, 28 Nov 2015 22:10:45 PST)
(The Sports Xchange) - Defense is usually an aspect that San Antonio rounds into form as the year progresses but through their first 17 games the Spurs are ahead of schedule, a sign of trouble for the rest of the NBA. Forward Kawhi Leonard poured in 22 points and six San Antonio players scored in double-figures as the Spurs waylaid the Atlanta Hawks 108-88 on Saturday to remain undefeated at home. Leonard, who did most of his damage with 15 points in the first half, led the Spurs in scoring for the sixth straight game.

NBA-Spurs send defensive message in win over Hawks
(Sat, 28 Nov 2015 22:09:24 PST)
(Corrects spelling of Ginobili in fifth paragraph) Nov 28 (The Sports Xchange) - Defence is usually an aspect that San Antonio rounds into form as the year progresses but through their first 17 games the Spurs are ahead of schedule, a sign of trouble for the rest of the NBA. Forward Kawhi Leonard poured in 22 points and six San Antonio players scored in double-figures as the Spurs waylaid the Atlanta Hawks 108-88 on Saturday to remain undefeated at home. Leonard, who did most of his damage with 15 points in the first half, led the Spurs in scoring for the sixth straight game.

Leonard scores 22, Spurs shut down Hawks for 5th straight (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 28 Nov 2015 21:25:32 PST)
Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer knows what to expect from San Antonio after spending 19 seasons working in the Spurs organization. Kawhi Leonard scored 22 points and the Spurs won their fifth straight, holding the Hawks to several season lows offensively in a 108-88 victory. Budenholzer said having nearly two decades of corporate knowledge was ''obviously not'' helpful in slowing down San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich and the Spurs.

Reuters Sports Schedule at 1400 GMT on Saturday, Nov 28
(Sat, 28 Nov 2015 06:00:12 PST)
Reuters sports schedule at 1400 GMT on Saturday: - - - - TENNIS Davis Cup final (until 29) Murray brothers team up for key doubles With the final tied at 1-1 Andy and Jamie Murray of Britain take on a Belgium duo likely to be Steve Darcis and Kimmer Coppejans although captain Johan van Herck could opt to change his line-up. ...

Dose: Davis Durability Dilemma (Rotoworld)
(Sat, 28 Nov 2015 00:15:00 PST)
Anthony Davis goes down, Stephen Curry turns up, James Harden goes off and Kawhi Leonard is on another level in the Saturday Dose.

Hawks-Spurs Preview (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 27 Nov 2015 23:42:13 PST)
The Atlanta Hawks have tried to mimic his former club since hiring Mike Budenholzer away from San Antonio, though it hasn't stopped the Spurs from dominating the all-time series - particularly at home. The Spurs go for an 18th straight home win over the Hawks on Saturday night. San Antonio (13-3) is known for its methodical approach under Gregg Popovich, who uses a deep bench and in recent seasons has done a good job resting his veterans to get them ready for the playoffs.

NBA-Highlights from Friday's NBA games
(Fri, 27 Nov 2015 22:16:08 PST)
(Adds later games) Nov 27 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights from National Basketball Association games on Friday: - - - - Cavaliers 95, Hornets 90 LeBron James had 25 points and 13 rebounds as the Cleveland Cavaliers pulled out a 95-90 victory over the Hornets. The Cavs trailed by seven points in the fourth quarter but took the lead for good with a 14-4 run midway through the quarter. Cavs forward Kevin Love added 18 points and 16 rebounds. Forward Richard Jefferson scored 13 points and JR Smith had 11. ...

Millsap's double-double leads Hawks over Grizzlies, 116-101 (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 27 Nov 2015 21:49:41 PST)
Paul Millsap and the Atlanta Hawks didn't panic when Memphis hit a string of early shots to build a double-digit lead. Instead, the Hawks weathered the storm, clamped down on defense in the second half and pulled away from the Grizzlies for a 116-101 victory Friday night. Jeff Teague had 20 points and seven assists for Atlanta, which had lost five of seven.

Raptors-Wizards Preview (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 27 Nov 2015 21:48:38 PST)
The Washington Wizards opened the season with high expectations after reaching the Eastern Conference semifinals. In their first meeting since a first-round playoff sweep, the Wizards hope to avoid their fourth consecutive defeat Saturday night when they host the surging Toronto Raptors. Bradley Beal averaged 20.8 points, Marcin Gortat added 17.3 points and 10.0 rebounds and John Wall scored 17.3 to go along with 12.5 assists as Washington eased past the Raptors last postseason.

Jason Kidd suspended for one game after slapping the ball out of a ref's hands (Ball Don't Lie)
(Fri, 27 Nov 2015 11:12:13 PST)
In the modern NBA, it appears as taking the referee’s basketball is worse than actually bumping the referee’s body. That’s what we’re left with, I suppose. [ 15% over $65 Enter Code GIVETHANKS15 – At Yahoo Fan Shop ] [ Yahoo Fantasy Basketball: Sign up for a league today ] Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd was expectedly suspended on Friday for knocking the ball out of (oft-criticized) referee Zach Zarba’s hands on Wednesday evening , and he’ll miss Friday’s Bucks contest against the Orlando Magic as a result. Assistant Joe Prunty will likely run the team in his absence. If you missed it, here is the video: From the league’s statement : Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd has been suspended one game without pay for aggressively pursuing and confronting a game official, slapping the ball out of his hands, and not leaving the court in a timely manner upon his ejection, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations. The incident, for which Kidd was assessed a technical foul and ejected, occurred with 1:49 remaining in the fourth quarter of Milwaukee's 129-118 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday, Nov. 25 at BMO Harris Bradley Center. [ Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball ] The “incident,” somewhat hilariously, came on the two-year anniversary of the night Kidd (then working as Brooklyn Nets coach) asked Net swingman Tyshawn Taylor to knock a drink out of his hands in order to secure a brief timeout late in a Brooklyn loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. The crack from the top of this post is in reference to the recent $25,000 fine (or, half of what the NBA fined Kidd for, two years ago, for spilling his pop) that the NBA handed Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer for what the league determined to be “incidental” contact with referee Ben Taylor. A referee union rep sharply criticized the league for not suspended Budenholzer . Dumb jokes aside, even if the contact was incidental, it’s hard to see how Kidd’s swipe of the ball is any worse than actual contact made between a coach and referee. Kidd’s history, clearly, had to play a part. Apparently dropping a cup of Diet Coke on purpose goes on your permanent record, now. Take notice, Moms of America. - - - - - - - Kelly Dwyer is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KDonhoops

Hawks-Grizzlies Preview (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 26 Nov 2015 20:00:46 PST)
The early-season patterns have been opposite for hopeful title contenders Atlanta and Memphis. While the Hawks seemed to cement their spot toward the top of the Eastern Conference in the opening two weeks, the Grizzlies' struggles left questions about their status in the West. The trends have reversed since, and the Grizzlies look to continue their climb on Friday night as the visiting Hawks hope to regain their footing.

NBA-Highlights of Wednesday's NBA games
(Wed, 25 Nov 2015 22:31:41 PST)
- - Spurs 88, Mavericks 83 Kawhi Leonard poured in 26 points, including the clinching three-pointer with 15 seconds remaining, as the San Antonio Spurs beat the Dallas Mavericks 88-83. Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki hit a jumper with 2:15 to play, cutting San Antonio's lead to 82-80, and Dallas had a chance to tie the game on its next possession. Guard Deron Williams badly missed a jumper.

Bucks coach Jason Kidd ejected for slapping ball out of ref's hands (Ball Don't Lie)
(Wed, 25 Nov 2015 21:28:44 PST)
NBA referees do not like to have their personal space invaded by coaches and players. That became perfectly obvious earlier this week, when the National Basketball Referee's Association criticized the NBA for punishing Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer with a $25,000 fine but no suspension for making contact with an official. The substance of that complaint has been a matter of contention, but the statement itself was a clear declaration of purpose. [ Play Yahoo Daily Fantasy and get a 100% deposit bonus with your first deposit ] The referees' union now has another incident to watch after Wednesday's game between the Milwaukee Bucks and Sacramento Kings at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. With the visiting Kings up 120-109 at the 1:49 of the fourth quarter, Bucks head coach Jason Kidd attempted to call a timeout before an inbounds pass from O.J. Mayo on the other side of the floor. Kidd apparently had some trouble getting the officials' attention, because he ran over to the opposite sideline. Something happened as he walked back with referee Zach Zarba, though, because Kidd straight-up slapped the ball out of his hands. You can probably guess that he was ejected. Take a look: That's the kind of technique you expect from the man who ranks second on the NBA's all-time steals leader board. [ Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr:  The best slams from all of basketball] Kidd tried to explain himself in a post-game statement: Coach Kidd on tonight's game, the ejection and more. WATCH: — Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) November 26, 2015 His comments clarify his thought process, although not necessarily the extent of his actions. It's also not the first time that Kidd has acted rashly on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving: Jason Kidd is not very fond of those Wednesday pre-thanksgiving games. 2 year anniversary of spill gate. — Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) November 26, 2015 That's a reference to the time Kidd had one of his players bump him to spill a drink on the floor during a key moment in his first month as head coach of the Brooklyn Nets. Kidd earned a $50,000 fine for that incident. He can probably expect a fine and suspension this time. There were also reports of an altercation between two players in the tunnel after the game: Hearing of altercation after game in the tunnel involving DeMarcus Cousins and Jerryd Bayless. — Sean Cunningham (@SeanCunningham) November 26, 2015 However, Kings TV play-by-play announcer Grant Napear disputed the most extreme interpretation of that report: Let me make this clear. There was no contact in hallway between DMC and Bayless. Anyone saying otherwise is a liar! — Grant Napear (@GrantNapearshow) November 26, 2015 Incidentally, the Kings won 129-118 to capture their first victory in six tries without DeMarcus Cousins in the lineup. Rudy Gay led the way with 36 points on 13-of-21 shooting, but their three available bench players (Omri Casspi, Darren Collison, and Marco Belinelli) made a big difference with 54 points on 16-of-29 from the field. - - - - - - - Eric Freeman is a writer for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @FreemanEric

LaVine steps up to help Wolves beat Hawks 99-95 (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 25 Nov 2015 20:52:12 PST)
It was a performance that the Atlanta Hawks could appreciate, if it didn't come against them. Zach LaVine had 18 points, six assists and five rebounds in place of the injured Ricky Rubio, and the Timberwolves swept the season series with the Hawks with a 99-95 victory. Andrew Wiggins scored 15 points on 5-for-17 shooting for the Wolves (7-8), who won their second home game in a row after an 0-6 start at Target Center.

The Hawks retired Dikembe Mutombo's No. 55 jersey: 'My name will stay forever' (Ball Don't Lie)
(Wed, 25 Nov 2015 10:54:44 PST)
When you're honoring a player and personality as outsized as Dikembe Mutombo — excuse me: Dikembe Mutombo Mpolondo Mukamba Jean-Jacques Wamutombo — you've got to break out the big guns. The Atlanta Hawks did just that Tuesday, not only retiring the No. 55 that Mutombo wore during his four-plus-year stint in Georgia, but also unveiling a brand new, evening-specific 3D court projection — complete with a 50-foot-wide holographic finger-wag — celebrating the Hall of Fame center's career as a fun extra-mile addition to the typical pageantry associated with a jersey retirement. [ Play Yahoo Daily Fantasy and get a 100% deposit bonus with your first deposit ] The Hawks also gave out pretty great Deke-themed foam-wagging-fingers to the fans in attendance at Philips Arena, another slight tweak on the familiar formula: So excited to be at my first @ATLHawks game on a night when they gave away foam fingers to honor Mutombo ?? #NoNoNo — FalconsKelsey (@FalconsKelsey) November 25, 2015 The festivities then turned to more traditional fare, including a team-produced video package highlighting Mutombo's myriad contributions on and off the court and effusive remarks from several venerable admirers. "Dikembe, you were born in the Congo, but you are a true American success story," said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. "To say that Dikembe Mutombo was a hard worker is an understatement," said former teammate, current Turner Sports analyst and close friend Steve Smith. "He was the ultimate teammate and always had our backs, literally and figuratively. He commanded respect. When you heard that unmistakable voice — 'Smitty, give me the ball' — you knew you had to listen." [ 15% over $65 Enter Code GIVETHANKS15 – At Yahoo Fan Shop ] Mutombo is just the fourth player in Hawks history whose number has been retired, joining franchise legends Bob Petit, Lou Hudson and Dominique Wilkins. Fans' memories of Mutombo might not always place him in the red, white and black he wore in Atlanta from 1996 through 2001 — some might remember him more for his early years with the Denver Nuggets, highlighted by the stunning 8-over-1 upset of the Seattle SuperSonics in 1994; others might remember him best as the galvanizing interior force whose midseason acquisition and defensive acumen helped solidify the support structure behind Allen Iverson, propelling the Philadelphia 76ers to the NBA Finals in 2001 — but Mutombo left an indelible mark during his time in Atlanta. The 7-foot-2 center made four All-Star appearances in five seasons as a Hawk, winning Defensive Player of the Year three times and and making four All-Defensive Teams (three First, one Second) in that span. He still ranks first in franchise history in blocks per game (3.2) and rebounding percentage (20 percent), third in total blocked shots (1,094), rebounds per game (12.6) and block percentage (6.3 percent), and fourth in field-goal percentage (52.9 percent). He teamed with the sweet-shooting Smith to lead a Hawks club that won more than 60 percent of its games in three straight years before a roster shuffle that included trading Smith to the Portland Trail Blazers led to the team's disintegration, kicking off a fallow period that would last nearly a decade until the Joe Johnson-Josh Smith-Al Horford clubs that restored a measure of competitive expectation to the ATL. [ Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr:  The best slams from all of basketball] "It shows something of the character, the true character, of the team we did have. It was all focused on defense, which is something that not many coaches are teaching today," Mutombo said, according to Zach Dillard of FOX Sports . " ... I still regret a lot how the team was (broken) up. I think the breakup of this team in the late 2000s — I think it hurt so many people. Everybody was like, 'Why, why, why, why?' We did have some nice corps (pieces) in the NBA. A lot of people respected us." They still respect Mutombo, throughout the NBA and across the world, both for his on-court achievements during an 18-year career and for his considerable humanitarian efforts that have continued since his retirement, resulting in his appointment by former commissioner David Stern as the league's first ever global ambassador. It's a result that few could have pictured when Mutombo first left Africa for Georgetown in 1988, but halfway around the world, but on Tuesday night, the Son of the Congo took his permanent place in the rafters of the arena in his adopted home. "I don't think I ever thought my jersey would be retired," Mutombo told reporters after the ceremony, according to George Henry of The Associated Press . "My name will stay forever." More NBA coverage: - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more.

Warriors make their mark on history with 16-0 start, and may not be done (Yahoo Sports)
(Wed, 25 Nov 2015 07:49:02 PST)
With an NBA-record winning streak to start the season, Golden State has a shot at making even more NBA history.

Millsap, Teague pace Hawks to 121-97 win over Boston (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 25 Nov 2015 03:51:06 PST)
Jeff Teague has been waiting for the Atlanta Hawks to break out of their slump. ''We had some hard practices,'' Teague said. Paul Millsap scored 25 points, Teague added 16 and the Hawks beat the Boston Celtics 121-97 on Tuesday night.

NBA-Highlights from Tuesday's NBA games
(Tue, 24 Nov 2015 22:32:04 PST)
Nov 24 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights from the National Basketball Association games on Tuesday: - - - - Pacers 123, Wizards 106 Paul George scored a season-high 40 points as the Indiana Pacers sank a franchise-record 19 three-pointers in their 123-106 win over the Washington Wizards. Indiana shot 73.1 percent (19 of 26) from beyond the arc, with their starting forwards George and C.J. Miles, with a career-high 32 points, doing the damage. Miles made 8-of-9 three-pointers, while George finished 7-of-8. The duo combined to make their first 11 three-point attempts. ...

76ers-Celtics Preview (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 24 Nov 2015 21:54:53 PST)
After the Boston Celtics handed a pair of wins to two struggling teams, it would make for a troubling trend if the Philadelphia 76ers pull off a third. The winless 76ers hope to become the latest to benefit from Boston's downturn when they visit TD Garden on Wednesday night. The Celtics (7-7) picked up their fourth win in five games with an easy 120-95 victory over visiting Brooklyn on Friday, but things have since gone the other way.

Pacers hit franchise-record 19 3s, Paul George drops 40 as Pacers beat Wizards (Ball Don't Lie)
(Tue, 24 Nov 2015 21:29:39 PST)

Hawks-Timberwolves Preview (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 24 Nov 2015 21:20:11 PST)
Andrew Wiggins wasn't even a year old when Kevin Garnett made his NBA debut with the Minnesota Timberwolves in 1995 as the fresh-faced kid right out of high school expected to help turn the franchise around. Garnett did that for a time before stops in Boston and Brooklyn, and now that he's back in Minnesota, he's doing his best to help the 20-year-old Wiggins be the next young star to lift the Timberwolves to new heights. Wiggins showed the Atlanta Hawks how well he's coming along earlier this month, and he'll look to help Minnesota win back-to-back games for the first time since that meeting Wednesday night.

Hawks retire Mutombo's No. 55 (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 24 Nov 2015 19:09:44 PST)
The Atlanta Hawks retired Dikembe Mutombo's No. 55 jersey Tuesday night to honor the longtime shot blocker's Hall of Fame enshrinement. Mutombo signed as a free agent in 1996 to make Atlanta the second stop on an 18-year career he spent with five other teams. ''I don't think I ever thought my jersey would be retired,'' Mutombo told reporters after his jersey was hung from the arena rafters in a halftime ceremony.

Was it Jon Koncak's big contract that influenced Shaquille O'Neal to play basketball? (Ball Don't Lie)
(Tue, 24 Nov 2015 14:41:05 PST)
Was it Jon Koncak’s six-year, $13.2 million deal that helped shift Shaquille O’Neal away from the dangers of football, with its Dan Patrick-sized free safeties, and influence him to fully commit to basketball? To hear Shaq tell it, it was Koncak’s “15 million for three years” (actually, again, $13.2 million for six years) deal that pushed the big fella over the edge as a youth. [ Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball ] Even though, as you’ll read … probably not. Koncak (who ironically ended his playing career starting alongside Shaq in the final three games of the 1996 Eastern Conference finals) was widely derided for the deal he agreed to with the Atlanta Hawks, but he was a solid enough player and the largesse of the contract had more to do with market elements than it did the Hawks wildly overrating their backup center. [ Yahoo Fantasy Basketball: Sign up for a league today ] Listen to Shaq tell it, on the Dan Patrick Show, via Business Insider : For those that can’t listen, the transcription, also via Cork Gaines at Business Insider : "I actually started out playing football," O'Neal told Patrick. "I was a hell of a tight end. As you know, I have wonderful hands, my hands are impeccable, and I like to punish people. But then a guy your size, hit me in my knee one day, I was all bummed out, and my dream came true. I was sitting on the couch and Jon Koncak signs for $15 million for three years. I was thinking, 'If I can make $5 million doing the basketball thing, I think I am going to switch up now ... true story." Well, we’ve heard a lot of “true stories” from very rich people this month, so why not add another? As Business Insider notes , Koncak signed his contract late in the 1989 offseason after much haggling, as Koncak was a restricted free agent. The Detroit Pistons, fresh off of losing Rick Mahorn in the expansion draft to the Minnesota Timberwolves, decided to sign the reserve center (he started just 22 of 74 games the previous season, behind Moses Malone) to a six-year, $13.2 million deal. In one swoop the defending champions would either shore up their frontline, or put a massive tax hit on an Eastern Conference rival should the Hawks decide to match. The Hawks, with Malone set to turn 35 partway through 1989-90, did match, and Koncak joined John “Hot Rod” Williams amongst the “how are these guys making more than Magic, Larry and MJ?” -set. By the time Koncak signed his deal in Sept. 1989, however, Shaq would have already been a dorm fixture as a freshman at LSU. There probably wasn’t some “come to your maker”-moment for the big guy, nursing a football injury on his couch, wondering what his next move is. Had it happened at the very least, it wouldn’t have been a “come to Jon Koncak”-moment. Not when he’s already over 7-feet tall, and the most highly recruited basketball player in the country. Even if Jon Koncak had signed his deal a few years earlier, when Shaquille may have very well been wondering about whether to choose between football and basketball, the story still seems a little farfetched. And now that we know that Koncak didn’t get his contract until possibly a year after Shaquille O’Neal agreed to a scholarship to play basketball at a major university … yeah, take this with your usual grain of Shaq Salt. - - - - - - - Kelly Dwyer is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KDonhoops

Civilian review board: NYPD had no right to arrest Thabo Sefolosha (Ball Don't Lie)
(Tue, 24 Nov 2015 11:30:54 PST)

Referees' union rips NBA for not suspending Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer (Yahoo Sports)
(Tue, 24 Nov 2015 08:48:29 PST)
The NBA referees union is upset the league only fined Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer for bumping an official.

Review board says cops had no right to arrest NBA player (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 24 Nov 2015 08:03:52 PST)
NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City's Civilian Complaint Review Board says police had no right to arrest Atlanta Hawks' player Thabo Sefolosha (TAH'-boh sehf-ah-LOH'-shuh) outside a trendy nightclub in April.

Leonard has 24, Spurs defense shines in 98-84 win over Suns (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 24 Nov 2015 03:56:40 PST)
Kawhi Leonard and the San Antonio Spurs kept taking the ball away from the Phoenix Suns. Leonard had 24 points and 13 rebounds, and the Spurs forced 28 turnovers in a 98-84 victory over the sloppy Suns on Monday. Phoenix was averaging 106.5 points, but was held to a season-low point total while committing a season high in turnovers.

LeBron milestone as labor of Love sparks Cavaliers romp
(Tue, 24 Nov 2015 01:21:00 PST)
LeBron James reached another statistical milestone as the Cleveland Cavaliers overpowered the Orlando Magic 117-103 on Monday. James joined Oscar Robertson as the only other player in NBA history to rank in the top 25 for both scoring and assists after helping team-mate Kevin Love to a three-pointer with five minutes left in the second quarter. The assist pushed James' career total to 6,837, nudging him ahead of Norm Nixon into 25th place.

Hawks' Budenholzer fined $25,000 for contact with official (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 23 Nov 2015 18:46:25 PST)
Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer apologized Monday for bumping an official, an incident that drew a $25,000 fine from the NBA and led to a call from the referees' union that he be suspended. The fine, announced by NBA vice president for basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe, followed Budenholzer's ejection from Saturday's 109-97 loss at the Cleveland Cavaliers. Budenholzer stepped on the playing court to argue a call midway through the second quarter while the Cavaliers were shooting a 3-pointer on the opposite side of the floor.

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