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Brown fined for criticizing officials

Updated: February 12, 2009, 6:15 PM ET
Associated Press

CLEVELAND -- Mike Brown went to the All-Star game with less spending money.

Cleveland's coach was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Thursday for publicly criticizing referee Joey Crawford following the Cavaliers' last-second loss at Indiana earlier this week.

Although league disciplinarian Stu Jackson said in a release that Brown had been fined for comments made about "the officials," Brown's postgame tirade was directed at Crawford, who whistled LeBron James for a foul on Pacers ...

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