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Nets assistant fined for interfering with play vs Wizards

January 21, 2022 GMT
Brooklyn Nets coach Steve Nash yells instructions to center LaMarcus Aldridge during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Brooklyn Nets coach Steve Nash yells instructions to center LaMarcus Aldridge during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Brooklyn Nets coach Steve Nash yells instructions to center LaMarcus Aldridge during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Brooklyn Nets coach Steve Nash yells instructions to center LaMarcus Aldridge during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Brooklyn Nets coach Steve Nash yells instructions to center LaMarcus Aldridge during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

NEW YORK (AP) — Brooklyn assistant coach David Vanterpool was fined $10,000 and the Nets were penalized $25,000 by the NBA on Thursday after he interfered with play in a victory at Washington.

Vanterpool reached across the sideline and deflected a pass with 5:42 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Nets’ 119-118 victory on Wednesday. The Nets ended up coming up with the ball and were credited with a steal.

Washington’s Kyle Kuzma, who was charged with a turnover on the play, was livid and critical of the officials after the game. Referee Ben Taylor said none of the officials saw the deflection on the floor.

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