NBA fines Magic coach for ‘verbally abusing’ officials

The NBA fined Orlando Magic coach Steve Clifford $25,000 after “verbally abusing” officials in their 105-103 loss to the New York Knicks on Thursday, the league announced on Friday night.

Steve Clifford wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a crowd: Steve Clifford had a few choice words for the officiating crew at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night. (AP/John Raoux)

Clifford became upset at the end of the game at Madison Square Garden after he tried unsuccessfully to call a timeout right before time expired, something that could’ve given the Magic one last chance to win the game.

After he wasn’t granted the timeout, however, Clifford had a few choice words for the officiating crew as he walked away.

Clifford lit up the officiating crew after the game, too. 

“There’s three of them,” Clifford said, via Brian Mahoney of the Associated Press. “There’s a guy on the baseline and I just saw it. I mean, visibly I called timeout. I don’t understand how that timeout’s not called.

“That may cost me, I don’t care.”

The loss marked the seventh for the Magic in their last eight games. 

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