NBA fines Rockets owner $100,000 for confronting referee

By SI Wire
April 26, 2017

The NBA fined Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander $100,000 for confronting a referee during live game action, the league announced.

The league probed why Alexander got up from his courtside seat during his team's Game 5 matchup with the Oklahoma City Thunder to yell at an official.

Late in the first quarter, Alexander is seen leaving his seat while there is live action going on. Former Rockets star Hakeem Olajuwon attempted to grab Alexander as he made his way to official Billy Kennedy.

Alexander then stood behind Kennedy for a few seconds before returning to his seat.

Alexander later said he was "upset, really upset," but declined to elaborate.

The Rockets went on to win the game 105–99 to dispatch to the Thunder in five games. Houston will now face the winner of the series between the San Antonio Spurs and the Memphis Grizzlies.

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