NEW YORK (AFP) – Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart and Cleveland Cavaliers swingman J.R. Smith were each fined Monday by the NBA for their roles in an on-court altercation, the league announced.
Smart was fined $25,000 for escalating an on-court incident during an altercation in which he was ejected. Smith was fined $15,000 for initiating the confrontation.
The incident took place with 3:38 remaining in the first quarter of Cleveland’s 113-102 home victory over Boston late Saturday.
Smith and Australian forward Aron Baynes of the Celtics became entangled and exchanged shoves, with Smart entering the scuffle by pushing Smith from behind.
Both Smart and Smith had to be restrained from escalating the situation.