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Chris Paul fined for referee comments

HEADBUTT BAN:Oklahoma City’s Kendrick Perkins was suspended for one game for a headbutt on Tyreke Evans during their loss against New Orleans on Friday


Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul on Saturday was fined US$25,000 by the NBA for public criticism of officiating, two days after he voiced displeasure about referee Lauren Holtkamp’s performance after a loss at Cleveland.

Paul said on Friday that his remarks were simply anger at a bad call in the moments after a 105-94 defeat and not a jibe at the gender of one of the two women working as referees in the league.

“Last night was about a bad call, that’s all,” Paul said after social media decried his comments as sexist.

Paul’s anger stemmed from a technical foul he received from Holtkamp in Thursday’s game that he dubbed “ridiculous.”

The disgruntled Clippers were slapped with five technical fouls in the third quarter of the game.

Holtkamp, in her first full NBA season, assessed Paul a technical foul when he questioned her decision to stop play after the Clippers tried to inbound the ball quickly following a Cleveland free throw.

Meanwhile, Oklahoma City center Kendrick Perkins was suspended for one game without pay after head-butting New Orleans point guard Tyreke Evans in a loss on Friday, the league announced.

The incident took place 7 minutes, 43 seconds into the opening quarter of the Thunder’s 116-113 home loss to the Pelicans.

As a result of the punishment, Perkins was to miss yesterday’s game against the Clippers.

In Saturday’s games, Pelicans All-Star Anthony Davis hurt his right shoulder on a hard, awkward fall on an alley-oop dunk, while Pau Gasol and the Chicago Bulls pulled away for a 107-72 victory over New Orleans in Atlanta, Georgia.

Gasol had 20 points and 15 rebounds for Chicago, who snapped a three-game skid. Derrick Rose added 20 points for the Bulls, who went on a 40-11 run after Davis left.

The dunk that drove Davis from the game was a two-handed jam of Tyreke Evans’ lob. Davis’ body swung like a pendulum as he held the rim, then the 2.08m, 108kg forward fell horizontally as he lost his grip.


In Dallas, Texas, Dirk Nowitzki capped a late rally with a three-pointer, which forced overtime, and finished with 25 points, while Chandler Parsons scored 10 of his 20 in the extra period for the home team.

The Trail Blazers lost their seventh straight road game by blowing an 11-point lead in the last 2 minutes of regulation. Nowitzki’s high-arching swish from the top of the key with 20 seconds left finished a 7-0 run for a 96-all tie.

The Mavericks scored the first nine points of overtime as part of a 22-2 run. Parsons started overtime with two free throws and pumped his fist after a fadeaway jumper that put Dallas ahead by 10.

Damian Lillard scored 26 points, while LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 for the Blazers.


Draymond Green had 20 points and 13 rebounds as traveling Golden State beat New York to give Steve Kerr a win in his first game coaching in the arena he nearly called home.

Kerr picked the Warriors over the Knicks during the off-season and the difference is 30 victories as the teams near the All-Star break.

Stephen Curry scored 22 points, while Klay Thompson had 16 on a night when neither of them had great shooting.

Golden State improved to 40-9, top of the Western Conference, while the Knicks fell to 10-41.


John Wall scored 17 points and Rasual Butler had 15 as Washington at home beat Brooklyn to break a five-game skid.

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