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NBA Fines Kings Guard Cuttino Mobley $10K

February 15, 2005

NEW YORK (AP) _ Sacramento guard Cuttino Mobley was fined $10,000 by the NBA on Tuesday for his protest after referees did not call goaltending on his last-minute shot during a loss to Dallas.

Mobley had to be restrained from going after the officials by teammate Brad Miller on Friday night.

Stu Jackson, the league’s senior vice president for basketball operations, said the fine was for abuse of the officials and failure to promptly leave the court.

The shot, which would have given Sacramento a 3-point lead, was blocked by Dallas’ Erick Dampier and was followed by Jason Terry’s three-point play that gave the Mavericks the 115-113 victory at Sacramento. Replays showed Mobley’s shot clearly hit the backboard, which under NBA rules is goaltending.

During the ensuing timeout, the Kings played the replay of Dampier’s block seven times, and owners Gavin and Joe Maloof pointed pleadingly at the video board. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who has had his share of fines for replaying controversial calls too many times in Dallas, merely smirked.

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