The NBA fined Wizards forward Drew Gooden $15,000 for his role in a late-game incident with Lakers guard Nick Young during Washington's 117-107 road victory on Friday. Officially, Gooden was sanctioned for "committing an unnecessary act" by "clamping" Young's arm and "attempting to throw him to the floor."
The incident occurred with a little more than two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter and Washington leading 108-98. The two players became entangled as they battled for rebounding position, and Gooden swung his body wildly with Young's arm trapped between his own arm and his side. That play, which seemed to have the potential to cause injury, led Young to shove Gooden in retaliation and sparked a shoving match between Marcin Gortat and Jordan Hill that had to be broken up by the officials.
Gooden was assessed a flagrant foul 2 on the play, a designation that applies to fouls that are deemed both "unnecessary and excessive" and carries an automatic ejection. He departed with 11 points (on 5-for-8 shooting) and 11 rebounds in 19 minutes.
Hill was also ejected for his role in the incident while Young received a technical foul.
The 32-year-old Gooden signed a 10-day contract with the Wizards in February and was recently signed on for the rest of the season. The 12-year-veteran, who played sparingly for the Bucks last season before being released via the amnesty clause last summer, is averaging 10.7 points and 5.7 rebounds in 11 appearances this season.
Washington improved its record to 36-33 with the victory over Los Angeles, who fell to 22-46 with their fourth straight loss. Video via YouTube user CaCHooKaManTV