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Rockets star Harden fined $25,000 for criticizing officials

 
 
Updated 2/23/2019 4:53 PM
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  • Houston Rockets' James Harden, left, passes the ball next to Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Los Angeles.

    Houston Rockets' James Harden, left, passes the ball next to Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. Associated Press

  • Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) vies for position under the basket next to Houston Rockets' James Harden during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Los Angeles.

    Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) vies for position under the basket next to Houston Rockets' James Harden during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. Associated Press

  • Houston Rockets' James Harden, left, reaches for a loose ball next to Los Angeles Lakers' Reggie Bullock during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Los Angeles.

    Houston Rockets' James Harden, left, reaches for a loose ball next to Los Angeles Lakers' Reggie Bullock during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Houston Rockets star James Harden has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for criticizing the officiating.

The NBA announced the penalty Saturday, two days after Harden said he didn't think official Scott Foster should be allowed to work any Rockets games.

Harden fouled out in Houston's 111-106 loss to the Lakers at Los Angeles. He scored 30 points, the 32nd straight time he's reached that mark.

After the game, Harden criticized Foster and said he realized his words likely would result in a fine.

"Scott Foster, man. I never really talk about officiating or anything like that, but just rude and arrogant," Harden said.

"It's lingering, and it's something that has to be looked at for sure," he said. "For sure, it's personal. For sure. I don't think he should be able to even officiate our games anymore, honestly."

The Rockets, who lead their division in the Western Conference, played at Golden State on Saturday night.

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