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NEW YORK (AP) - The NBA fined Hornets guard Marco Belinelli $10,000 on Thursday for his flagrant foul on Shawn Marion during New Orleans’ 93-92 victory over the Dallas Mavericks a night earlier.
NBA executive vice president Stu Jackson said the foul, initially ruled a flagrant foul, penalty one, has been reviewed by the league and changed to a more serious penalty two.
The foul caused Marion to lose his balance while attempting a fast-break layup. He crashed into photographers on the baseline, hurting his right ribs.
“Marco’s foul on Marion _ he has the same play against (Mike) Conley in Memphis and he allows Conley to get a layup _ I talked to him about we’re not trying to hurt anybody, but you don’t give up layups,” Williams said. “I thought it was a good foul. He didn’t try to hurt him.”
Marion stayed on the court for a few possessions after the play, which occurred in the third quarter, then left the game for good.
Marion said afterward that X-rays were negative and that he’ll be fine.
Belinelli wound up scoring 21 points, including his fourth 3-pointer of the game with 50 seconds left, igniting an improbable 8-0 run during the final minute.
Had officials initially ruled a flagrant foul, penalty two, Belinelli would have been ejected with more than 5 minutes remaining in the third quarter.
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