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Nets' Pierce fined $15,000 for flagrant foul on Hill

Brooklyn Nets small forward Paul Pierce (34) and Indiana Pacers point guard George Hill (3) walk past one another after Pierce was called fo
Brooklyn Nets small forward Paul Pierce (34) and Indiana Pacers point guard George Hill (3) walk past one another after Pierce was called fo

(Reuters) - Brooklyn Nets forward Paul Pierce has been fined $15,000 by the National Basketball Association (NBA) for committing a flagrant foul on opposing point guard George Hill during Monday's game against the Indiana Pacers.

The incident occurred during the third quarter of Brooklyn's 103-86 loss to Indiana, when Pierce made a "clothesline" tackle on Hill as the Pacers player was going for a lay-up.

Pierce was ejected from the game and the NBA announced his fine on Tuesday, saying that the 10-time All Star had made "excessive and unnecessary contact" with Hill.

However Hill appeared to defend Pierce, suggesting that in a previous era the foul would not have received such a penalty.

"I think back in the day, hard fouls was good," Hill told reporters after the game. "So, it was a hard foul, but at the end of the day, don't let it rattle you and that's what I thought about."

A frustrated Pierce shot 0-of-7 from the floor against the Pacers, missing his two three-point attempts, to record only the second scoreless game of his NBA career.

A clothesline tackle refers to when a player extends an arm around an opponent's neck area.

(Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by Mark Lamport-Stokes)

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