NBA fines Thompson $15K for flipping off fans

Field Level Media/Reuters

Posted at Dec 07 2018 05:59 AM

Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson (13) shoots beside Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) in the third quarter at Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH, USA, Nov 24, 2018. David Richard, USA TODAY Sports

The NBA on Thursday announced it has fined Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson $15,000 for flipping off fans during a game earlier this week in Brooklyn.

Thompson directed his middle finger toward hecklers Monday night immediately after the Cavs' 99-97 victory over the Nets at the Barclays Center.

Thompson tallied 19 points and 14 rebounds to power the Cavs and successfully defended against Spencer Dinwiddie's 3-point attempt to win the game for the Nets at the buzzer.

Thompson made the gesture as he walked off the floor.