NBA hits Celtics’ Marcus Smart with $35,000 fine for his outburst with refs following loss to Nets

The NBA on Thursday slapped Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart with a hefty $35,000 fine stemming from his confrontation with referees after Tuesday night's 129-120 overtime loss against the Brooklyn Nets.

And Smart's history of bad behavior on the court didn't help — the league said in its release that "multiple prior violations of acceptable on-court decorum" played a part in the substantial fine.

Smart played a major role in pushing the game into overtime. With 0.2 seconds left in the game, he fouled the Nets' Caris LeVert, who hit his free throws and sent the game to OT. LeVert finished with 51 points — 37 coming in the fourth quarter and overtime.

After the loss, Smart approached two referees, yelling and pointing, and had to be pulled off the court.

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