The Washington Wizards were on the wrong side of a controversial play during Wednesday night's game against the Nets. Now, Brooklyn will have to pay a price for it.
Nets assistant David Vanterpool has been fined $10,000 for interfering with live play, the NBA announced on Thursday. Brooklyn's organization has additionally been fined $25,000 for the incident.
The play in question came with 5:42 remaining in the fourth quarter of Wednesday's game, with the Nets leading by six. Vanterpool deflected a pass from Washington guard Spencer Dinwiddie intended for Kyle Kuzma. The referees did not see the interference, as live play went on as Dinwiddie's pass resulted in a turnover.
The sequence ended up proving large in Wednesday's game, as Brooklyn barely escaped Washington's comeback holding on for a one-point victory.
Several Wizards coaches and players addressed the incident postgame, still in utter disbelief that the referees missed the call.
"That was also horses---, too. Coaches should not be able to stand up... AAU basketball. That's what it looked like," Kuzma said.