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Phil Jackson fined by NBA

May 26, 2009 |  4:17 pm

Jackson The NBA today fined Lakers Coach Phil Jackson $25,000 for his comments about the officiating in Monday's Game 4 loss to the Nuggets in Denver.

Jackson complained that the referees had let the game get out of hand; the Nuggets shot 49 free throws compared with the Lakers' 35. "We want the game to be fair and evenly played," Jackson said.

Jackson also complained about Denver guard Dahntay Jones' tripping Kobe Bryant: "Just unacceptable defense, tripping guys and playing unsportsmanlike basketball," Jackson said on Monday.

The NBA today assessed Jones a flagrant foul, penalty one, for the trip on Bryant.

The Lakers were also fined $25,000 by the NBA for Jackson's comments.

The Lakers-Nuggets series is tied at two wins apiece; Game 5 is Wednesday night at Staples Center.

-- Barry Stavro

Photo: Lakers Coach Phil Jackson argues with an NBA official during the Lakers' Game 4 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Monday. Credit: Rick Giase / EPA