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NBA fines Pacers’ Jalen Smith, Spurs’ Dejounte Murray $20K

March 2, 2022 GMT
Indiana Pacers forward Jalen Smith (25) shoots a 3-pointer between Orlando Magic guard Cole Anthony (50) and center Mo Bamba, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 28, 2022, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Indiana Pacers forward Jalen Smith (25) shoots a 3-pointer between Orlando Magic guard Cole Anthony (50) and center Mo Bamba, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 28, 2022, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Indiana Pacers forward Jalen Smith (25) shoots a 3-pointer between Orlando Magic guard Cole Anthony (50) and center Mo Bamba, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 28, 2022, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
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Indiana Pacers forward Jalen Smith (25) shoots a 3-pointer between Orlando Magic guard Cole Anthony (50) and center Mo Bamba, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 28, 2022, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
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Indiana Pacers forward Jalen Smith (25) shoots a 3-pointer between Orlando Magic guard Cole Anthony (50) and center Mo Bamba, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 28, 2022, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA on Wednesday fined Indiana Pacers forward Jalen Smith $20,000 for directing profane language toward an official after he was ejected during a game and fined San Antonio Spurs guard Dejounte Murray $20,000 for throwing the ball off the legs of a referee.

The incident involving Smith occurred Monday night following his ejection with 7:04 remaining in the third quarter of the Pacers’ 119-103 loss in Orlando to the Magic. Smith picked up two technical fouls after arguing calls and was ejected in the middle of a 14-2 run by the Magic. The Pacers never recovered.

Murray was given a technical foul and was ejected Monday night late in the fourth quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies after he threw the ball back to a referee who had just called a foul on his teammate, and the ball hit the ref in the lower leg.

Murray finished with 21 points and eight assists in the 118-105 loss. He is averaging 20.1 points per game this season, his fifth with the Spurs.

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Smith had 14 points and 8 rebounds in 25 minutes before he was sent to the Pacers’ locker room. Indiana got the 21-year-old, second-year player from the Phoenix Suns in exchange for Torrey Craig and cash at the trade deadline.

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