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NBA fines Paul Pierce $15K for flagrant foul

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The NBA fined Brooklyn Nets small forward Paul Pierce $15,000 on Dec. 24. The fine was for "making excessive and unnecessary contact" with Indiana Pacers point guard George Hill in the third quarter of the Nets’ Dec. 23 game.

Pierce was ejected in the third quarter after being charged with a flagrant foul 2 in New Jersey’s 103-86 loss Monday. 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.

Pierce was 0-for-7 from the field and held scoreless for the first time since March 9, 1999. It marked the 16th time that Pierce has been held scoreless throughout his career.

Pierce is currently in the midst of his worst season of the 16-year career. He is averaging 12.6 points, on 40.2 percent shooting from the floor, and 5.2 rebounds a game.

Brooklyn Nets (9-18) will battle the Chicago Bulls (10-18) on Christmas Day at 12 p.m. ET. The Nets have lost three straight and are 4-6 in their last 10 games while the Bulls are 3-10 through the same stretch.

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