Stephenson said he received an earful from Pacers president Larry Bird, who said he didn't approve of Stephenson blowing in the ear of Miami Heat forward LeBron James during the 93-90 victory in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.
James finished with seven points, four assists, two rebounds and three turnovers, spending most of his 24 minutes in foul trouble.
"He said, 'Don't do it again,'" Stephenson said Friday, recalling his talk with Bird, via the Associated Press. "So I'm not going to do it again."
Stephenson was fined $10,000 by the NBA for his second flopping offense of the playoffs. He also tried to eavesdrop on Miami coach Erik Spoelstra during a huddle.
Stephenson is averaging 14.6 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.8 assists in the series against the Heat, who lead the best-of-seven series three games to two. Game 6 is Friday night in Miami.
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