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Mavericks’ Mark Cuban Fined $75,000 for Criticizing NBA Referees

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Feb. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was fined $75,000 for criticizing the referees in a loss two days ago to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle was given a $35,000 fine for kicking the ball into the stands early in the fourth quarter of the same game at American Airlines Center in Dallas, the National Basketball Association said in separate statements.

Cuban, who has been fined more than $1.3 million for past criticism, told ESPN.com after the loss that “I haven’t said a whole lot about the officiating in a long, long time, but I haven’t seen it this bad in a long, long time.”

“Guys miss calls; that’s part of the game,” Cuban said. “You’re not always going to have a great crew. Officials have got to learn that’s part of the game. But these were officials that have been part of the league for years, and it was just off-the-charts bad. And, if no one ever says anything, nothing ever happens.”

Carlisle, who received a technical foul early in the fourth quarter for stepping into the path of an official in protest of a non-call, was ejected after kicking the ball into the stands with 9:34 left to play in the 95-86 loss.

He approached the spot under the basket to apologize to the fans who were hit with the ball, and later apologized at a news conference, saying that he intended to kick the ball back to the referee and that “I’m not a very good kick.”

The Mavericks, who won the NBA championship in June, are 14-9, a half-game behind the San Antonio Spurs in the Southwest Division.

To contact the reporter on this story: Mason Levinson in New York at mlevinson@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net.

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