Nets’ Pierce fined $15,000 for flagrant foul on Pacers’ Hill

Brooklyn Nets forward Paul Pierce has been fined $15,000 for his

flagrant foul on George Hill of the Pacers.

Pierce was ejected in the third quarter of Indiana’s 103-86 win

Monday. George Hill stole a bad pass and was going in for a layup,

and Pierce hustled back and appeared to be trying to wrap him up.

But his arm ended up going around Hill’s neck for a clothesline

tackle.

Referees ruled it a flagrant 2 after review, an automatic

ejection. The NBA said Tuesday that Pierce made ”excessive and

unnecessary contact.”