Friday December 5th, 2014

The NBA fined Magic forward Kyle O'Quinn $15,000 for delivering a flagrant foul to Clippers All-Star forward Blake Griffin during Los Angeles' 114-86 home victory on Wednesday.

With a little under six minutes remaining and the Clippers leading 38-35, Griffin attacked the hoop after pump-faking from the free-throw line. O'Quinn, who was defending DeAndre Jordan in the post, stepped up to contest Griffin's possible layup or dunk attempt and struck Griffin in the face after first contacting his wrist and the ball. Griffin fell hard to the ground.

The officials executed a video review and assessed O'Quinn a flagrant foul 2, a designation that applies to contact that is deemed "unnecessary and excessive" and which requires an automatic ejection. O'Quinn departed with six points and one rebound in seven minutes.

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Griffin was able to remain the game, finishing with a team-high 21 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Chris Paul added 19 points, 10 assists and five rebounds in the win. 

The NBA league office reviewed the foul, as it does all flagrant fouls, and tacked on the fine rather than a suspension. Earlier this season, Nuggets forward Darrell Arthur and Lakers guard Ronnie Price each received one-game suspensions for delivering flagrant blows to an opponent's head. Nuggets guard Arron Afflalo was also fined $15,000 earlier this week for a similar play.

The Clippers improved to 13-5. The Magic dropped to 7-14.

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