NBA fines Nuggets’ Hamilton $25,000

Second-year forward Jordan Hamilton of the Denver Nuggets was

fined $25,000 by the NBA on Wednesday because of a vulgar exchange

with a fan during the team’s 112-100 Christmas Day loss to the Los

Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center.

Hamilton exchanged words with the fan near courtside after

returning to the court from chasing a ball that went out of bounds

with about 3:50 remaining in the fourth quarter. The exchange was

caught by television cameras.

Hamilton scored a season-high 16 points against the Clippers.

He’s averaging 6.8 points and 12.4 minutes of play per game.

A first-round draft pick of the Dallas Mavericks in 2011,

Hamilton was acquired by Denver as part of a three-team draft-day

deal that also involved Portland.