The NBA announced Saturday that Nets center Andray Blatche has been fined $15,000 for making an obscene gesture during Brooklyn's 101-100 home win over Miami on Friday.
With 2:47 remaining in the fourth quarter, Nets guard Joe Johnson hit a three-pointer to give Brooklyn a 96-84 lead over the two-time defending champions. As the cameras panned to Brooklyn's bench, Blatche could be seen positioning both of his hands below his waistline, as if to demonstrate the large size of his genitalia. The celebration -- which generally accompanies clutch plays -- was popularized by Wizards assistant coach and former NBA player Sam Cassell and is generally referred to as the "Big Balls Dance."
Brooklyn improved to 1-1 on the season by hanging on to defeat Miami. Johnson and Paul Pierce each scored 19 points to lead the Nets, and Blatche added nine points and six rebounds in 25 minutes off the bench. Miami dropped to 1-2 despite 26 points, seven rebounds and six assists in 42 minutes.
Blatche is on the books for $1.4 million this season.
Marco Belinelli was fined $15,000 in May for performing the same celebration during Game 7 of a 2013 first-round Eastern Conference playoffs series between the Bulls and Nets.
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