NEW YORK — Los Angeles Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell has been fined $15,000 for kicking the ball into the stands following a victory against Golden State, NBA executive vice president Joe Dumars said Monday.
Russell booted a desperate heave by Steph Curry that came up well short after LeBron James’ two free throws with 1.2 seconds left capped a frantic finish to the second overtime in a 145-144 Lakers victory at Chase Center on Saturday. Curry’s 3-pointer with 4.7 seconds left had put Golden State ahead.
James and Curry both had big games with James finishing with 36 points, a career-high 20 rebounds and 12 assists and Curry scoring 46 points and hitting a season-high nine 3s.
Russell, who’s scored 20 or more points the past seven games, added 28 points on 5-of-8 shooting from long distance for the Lakers. He followed it up with 23 points in a 135-119 loss to the Houston Rockets.