NEW YORK (AP) – Miami’s LeBron James and Indiana’s David West and Lance Stephenson have all been fined $5,000 by the NBA for violating the league’s anti-flopping policy.
James and West were penalized for the same play during a messy Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals. James spun and fell and West tumbled toward the baseline during what looked like a poorly choreographed dance routine as the NBA’s MVP defended the Indiana forward.
Stephenson was fined Thursday for exaggerating the contact after a slight elbow from Ray Allen following a Pacers basket.
The NBA began fining players this year for the act of trying to fool referees into calling fouls when there had been limited contact.
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