The NBA has fined Clippers forward Matt Barnes $25,000 after he kicked a water bottle into the stands and directed profanity at Wizards fans during Washington's 104-96 home win on Friday.
With a little over two minutes remaining in the game and Washington leading 100-89, Clippers coach Doc Rivers decided to pull his starters and concede the game. As play continued, Barnes moved from the Clippers' bench towards the baseline to engage in a brief verbal exchange with Verizon Center fans. The back-and-forth did not interrupt play.
Barnes has been fined and suspended repeatedly in recent years for actions occurring both on and off the court. His list of recent incidents includes: a two-game suspension for an altercation with Rafer Alston in 2008, a $20,000 fine for throwing the ball into the stands in 2009, a $35,000 fine for criticizing the referees in 2010, a one-game suspension for escalating an altercation in 2011, a one-game suspension for a no contest plea for resisting arrest in October 2012, a one-game suspension for striking an opponent in the neck in Feb. 2013 and a $25,000 fine for failing to leave the court in a timely manner in both Nov. 2013 and Dec. 2013.
Bradley Beal led the Wizards with a game-high 29 points, four assists and three rebounds. John Wall added 10 points and 11 assists in the win. Chris Paul led the Clippers with 19 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Barnes finished with 11 points and six rebounds in 28 minutes.
The Wizards improved to 16-6. The Clippers dropped to 16-6.