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Doc Rivers fined $25,000 for ripping refs

Los Angeles Clippers' head coach Doc Rivers can't believe foul committed by Clippers late first quarter during first half Game

Los Angeles Clippers' head coach Doc Rivers can't believe the foul committed by the Clippers late in the first quarter during the first half in Game 5 of the NBA Western Conference semi-finals at the Chesapeake Arena in Oklahoma City on Tuesday, May 13, 2014. (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Michael Goulding) ///ADDITIONAL 05/13/2014 - MICHAEL GOULDING, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER - Clippers v Thunder Game 5 Western Conference semi-finals

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Updated: May 15, 2014 3:31PM

NEW YORK — The NBA fined Clippers head coach Doc Rivers $25,000 on Thursday for publicly criticizing the officiating in Los Angeles’ 105-104 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder earlier this week.

Rivers was livid after the game, saying the Clippers were “robbed.”

The Clippers believed the Thunder’s Reggie Jackson had knocked the ball out of bounds with 11.3 seconds remaining, but officials ruled it Oklahoma City ball. After going to replay, the call stood, and the Thunder rallied to win the game.

NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn said Wednesday in a statement that: “In order to reverse the call made on the court, there has to be ‘clear and conclusive’ evidence. Since no replay provided such evidence, the play correctly stood as called with the Thunder retaining possession.”

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