Wednesday , Oct , 27 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Spitting mad: NBA fines Pierce for preseason incident

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce has been
fined $15,000 by the NBA for spitting at the Cleveland Cavaliers bench during
Monday’s 95-88 preseason loss.

Stu Jackson, the league’s senior vice president of operations, made the
announcement. The incident occurred with 32 seconds left in the third quarter,
during which Pierce got in a shouting match with Cleveland guard LeBron James.

After a James steal of Pierce led to a dunk, Pierce, who was jabbing with the
Cleveland bench all game, spit at and confronted the Cavaliers bench after
the play.

Both Pierce and James began jawing at each other and both received
technical fouls before order was restored.

Pierce finished the game with 14 points, seven rebounds and six assists in
defeat.

The incident marked the second substantial penalty levied against Pierce, who
was fined $7,500 by the NBA for throwing and kicking the basketball into the
stands in a regular season game against the Orlando Magic last January.

BOS