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Sunday, December 9, 2012
Celts' Chris Wilcox fined $25K

By Chris Forsberg

The NBA fined Boston Celtics forward/center Chris Wilcox $25,000 for making an obscene gesture directed toward fans during Friday's loss in Philadelphia, NBA executive vice president of basketball operations Stu Jackson announced Sunday.

During a fourth-quarter timeout, Wilcox gave an in-house television camera broadcasting on the video board the middle finger when a "Kiss Cam" segment ended with a shot of him and teammate Jared Sullinger sitting next to each other on the Celtics' bench.

Jackson also announced a fine for Cavaliers coach Byron Scott, who criticized the officiating Friday after his team lost 91-73 to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Cavs attempted just nine free throws to Minnesota's 35, and Scott said the officiating was "that bad." He said: "I mean I understand we're playing in Minnesota, but 35-9, we went to the basket just as much as they did."

Scott was fined $25,000.

Wilcox is playing on a one-year, veteran-minimum contract.

This is the second fine of the season for the Celtics. Kevin Garnett was fined $25,000 for his part in a dust-up with the Brooklyn Nets last month that left Rajon Rondo suspended for two games.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.