New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry challenges an official on a foul call during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets in New Orleans, Saturday, March 17, 2018. The Rockets won 107-101. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

NBA fines Pelicans coach Gentry for criticizing officiating

March 18, 2018 - 6:12 pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry has been fined $15,000 by the NBA for publicly criticizing the league's officiating.

The punishment was announced Sunday by Kiki VanDeWeghe, the league's executive vice president for basketball operations.

Gentry was assessed a technical for arguing a call during the Pelicans' 107-101 loss Saturday to the Houston Rockets.

Houston's James Harden drew a foul on a missed 3-pointer in which he threw his arms toward New Orleans' Jrue Holiday as he went up for the shot. Holiday, Gentry and the crowd were furious with the call. Gentry claimed he saw Harden wink after the foul was called. He demonstratively walked away from official David Guthrie and sat on the bench.

The foul gave Harden four free throws. He made three to put Houston ahead.

After the game, Gentry insisted the call was wrong and pivotal. He said he wouldn't have been as angry if teams didn't consistently get away with holding Pelicans All-Star forward Anthony Davis as he sets screens.

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