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Heat Coach Riley Fined $20,000 by NBA

February 11, 2003

NEW YORK (AP) _ Miami Heat coach Pat Riley was fined $20,000 by the NBA on Tuesday for criticizing officials following a loss to Portland last week.

It was the second fine this season for Riley, who was hit with a $50,000 fine for speaking out against officials earlier.

``It was an absolute officiating tragedy,″ Riley said after the Heat lost 101-87 to the Trail Blazers on Feb. 5. ``I thought I was at the comedy store watching some kind of comedian out there laughing with the Blazers, and talking to them, and smiling with them. It was so unprofessional.″

Riley was angered because of the disparity in free throws, with the Heat taking seven and the Trail Blazers 32.

``You cannot overcome 32-7,″ Riley said. ``The residual of that is that you go for the home run.″

Riley was fined $50,000 in December for saying officials treat his team unfairly because they dislike him.

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