New York (AFP) – Chicago Bulls guard Rajon Rondo and Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley were each fined $25,000 by the NBA on Sunday for violations committed in playoff defeats.
Rondo was fined for attempting to trip Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder with 31.1 seconds remaining in the first quarter of Chicago’s 104-87 home loss to the Celtics on Friday.
Beverley was punished for confronting a spectator at the conclusion of Houston’s 115-113 loss at Oklahoma City on Friday.
The Rockets still carried a 2-1 lead over the Thunder in their best-of-seven Western Conference playoff series ahead of game four Sunday at Oklahoma City.
The Bulls owned a 2-1 lead over the Celtics in their Eastern Conference playoff matchup ahead of Sunday’s game four in Chicago.
Boston had the best record in the East but the upset-minded Bulls, who went 41-41 to claim the last playoff spot, won twice at Boston to open the series.