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Hornets’ Terry Rozier fined $25,000 for throwing ball into stands of game he thought was over

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CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 27: Terry Rozier #3 of the Charlotte Hornets looks on during a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on December 27, 2019 at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Adding insult to injury, Terry Rozier’s celebration that helped cost his team the game Friday night will now cost him a chunk of his next paycheck, too.

The NBA has fined Rozier $25,000 for throwing the ball into the stands, the league’s standard fine for the move.

It’s why Rozier threw the ball into the stands that was unique. As time expired Friday night, Rozier grabbed the rebound on a Chris Paul missed three at the and thought his team had won, so he threw the ball in celebration. Except, the score was tied 94-94, and the game was headed to overtime.

Throwing the ball into the stands during the game is an automatic technical foul, which was assessed to start overtime. Paul hit the free throw, so the score at the start of overtime was 95-94 Oklahoma City.

Throwing the ball into the stands is also an automatic fine.

Someday Rozier will look back on this and laugh. That day is likely not the day his paycheck is a little smaller.