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Tristan Thompson fined $25k for altercation that got him ejected in OT during Game 1 of Finals

Posted: 9:46 AM, Jun 02, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-02 13:56:32Z

Tristan Thompson has been fined $25k by the NBA for his role in an altercation towards the end of overtime in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

The league has also downgraded his flagrant 2 foul that got him ejected to a flagrant 1.

The fine was for failing to leave the court in a timely manner and shoving a ball into the face of Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green, ESPN reports. 

It started when Shaun Livingston took a shot with 2.6 seconds left on the clock with the game out of reach when Thompson fouled him.

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"I contested a shot that shouldn't have been taken," Thompson said. "I mean, it's like the unspoken rule in the NBA: If you're up 10 or 11 with about 20 seconds left, you don't take that shot. I make the contest, and next thing I know, I was being kicked out for a good contest that we learn in training camp. I don't know why I got thrown out."

"I say that we don't take the turnover. I don't take the turnover," Livingston told ESPN. "Kevin threw me the ball, and he threw it to me like we were still playing. JR [Smith] was still guarding him, you know. No disrespect. We just play the game. So that's what it was. ... It's the Finals. It's all love. ... It was like a YMCA pickup game in the last 30 seconds."

Frustrations were high in the overtime period for the Cavs, as there were opportunities to put the Warriors away in regulation.

Game 2 is Sunday night on News 5 Cleveland.