NBA fines New York Knicks’ Julius Randle for ripping refs

Mar 21, 2021; New York, New York, USA; Julius Randle #30 of the New York Knicks walks off the court after the loss to the Philadelphia 76ers at Madison Square Garden on March 21, 2021 in New York City.The Philadelphia 76ers defeated the New York Knicks 101-100 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Elsa/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA fined New York Knicks forward Julius Randle $15,000 on Tuesday for directing inappropriate language toward a game official and for public criticism of the officiating.

The incidents occurred after the Knicks’ 101-100 overtime loss to the visiting Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday night.

With 5.3 seconds left in overtime, Randle was whistled for a foul against 76ers forward Tobias Harris. Harris made both free throws to account for the final score.

“Blown call by the officials,” Randle said during his postgame media session. “After all the fouling and everything that was going on, for them to call that and decide the game is (expletive) ridiculous. Yeah, it’s ridiculous. They got to do a better job. It’s too many games like this.”

The fine was announced by NBA executive vice president of basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe.

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