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Durant fined by NBA for gesture
National Basketball Association

Durant fined by NBA for gesture

Published Apr. 12, 2013 1:00 a.m. ET

The NBA fined Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant $25,000 on Friday for making a ''menacing gesture,'' when he pretended to slice his throat after throwing down a big dunk during the Thunder's victory against the Golden State Warriors.

The play that led to Durant's costly celebration occurred with about 1:45 left in the second quarter of Oklahoma City's 116-97 win at Golden State.

Thunder guard Russell Westbrook blocked Stephen Curry's layup, and Durant corralled the ball and went in for a soaring dunk at the other end of the court. He then made throat-slashing gesture and crossed his hands in prayer.

''Kill `em and pray for `em after the game,'' Durant said.


''It's nothing against the team I'm playing against,'' Durant added. ''Come out with a mindset and be friends after the game.''

Durant apologized before Friday night's 106-90 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.

''If I offended anybody, I'm sorry for that,'' he told The Oklahoman. ''I was just going out there and having fun playing the game.''


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