Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Updated: March 6, 2:50 PM ET
NBA fines Serge Ibaka $25,000
ESPN.com news services
NEW YORK -- Oklahoma City forward Serge Ibaka has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for striking Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers in the groin area during Sunday's game.
NBA executive vice president for basketball operations Stu Jackson announced the fine Tuesday. The league also upgraded the flagrant foul 1 Ibaka was given for hitting Griffin as the two battled for position in the paint to a flagrant foul 2, meaning Ibaka should have been ejected from the game.
The incident occurred with 1:52 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Thunder's 108-104 win over the Clippers at Staples Center on Sunday.
"I'm excited that he's playing tonight," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. "He's a big part of what we do. I respect the league's decision and the review process they go through. I respect it and move on. It's nothing that we worry about. We just focus on tonight's game. That's all we worry about."
Information from ESPNLosAngeles.com's Dave McMenamin and The Associated Press was used in this report.