- Associated Press - Friday, February 11, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) - New Orleans Hornets star Chris Paul has been fined $15,000 by the NBA for verbal abuse of a game official following a loss to the New Jersey Nets.

NBA vice president Stu Jackson announced the fine on Friday.

Paul missed a shot late in regulation Wednesday night that gave New Jersey a chance to force overtime, then turned the ball over with 19 seconds left and the Hornets trailing by two. His attempt at a buzzer-beating 3-pointer bounced out and New Orleans lost 103-101.

The four-time All-Star guard finished 4 for 15 from the field and turned the ball over seven times in the game. He said afterward that he felt “like this was my loss.”