Doc Rivers Fined $15000 for Criticizing Referees After Rockets Game

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Clippers coach Doc Rivers has been given a $15,000 fine for criticism levied at the officiating following Los Angeles' 101-96 loss at the Rockets on Friday (AEDT), the National Basketball Association announced Saturday. The Clippers held a 12 point lead early in the third quarter before the Rockets surged back to take the lead for good, even though LA attempted to put a few scares in them in the waning minutes of the fourth quarter. "That is a complete joke". "Austin (Rivers) gets hit and no call".

James Harden led the Rockets with 24 points, but the start of the night for the Rockets was Eric Gordon, who scored 23 points off the bench, connecting on 7-of-9 shots from behind the 3-point line.

Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle shared Rivers' criticism via a tweet: "They shot 41 3s; we shot 18".

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I haven't done that all year. Not that it's much of a surprise with this many games going on, but there are a number of exciting matchups to look forward to. We had a couple breakdowns, but they shot under 40 percent, and we controlled the pace of the game.

The NBA announced the sanction on Friday after Rivers described officiating as a "complete joke" against the Rockets. Rivers made post game comments about the discrepancy in the amount of free throws shot by the Rockets and the Clippers. Players, such as Austin, were visibly frustrated with the lack of calls during the game.

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