The Atlanta Hawks got a desperately needed to win on sunday nightbeating the Chicago Bulls in overtime on an AJ Griffin buzzer.
After three free throws from Bull Guard DeMar DeRozanGriffin caught an alley-oop near the rim, completing a difficult spin shot for the win.
As Atlanta harassed Griffin, All-Star point guard Trae Young he grabbed the ball after it fell through the rim and tossed it into the stands in his own celebration.
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Young’s throw of the ball earned him a hefty fine from the NBA as his wallet was $25,000 lighter on Monday.
Young took to Twitter after the news broke, claiming he didn’t know throwing the ball into the stands would warrant a league fine.
“I’m sorry to the Falcons fans who got a chance to touch the game-winning ball,” Young posted on social media. “I didn’t know I couldn’t do that.
“I can’t celebrate anymore s—“
Griffin’s buzzer was the second of his rookie season after being drafted 16th overall in the 2022 NBA Draft out of Duke.
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“The same thing was going through my head,” Griffin said after the game. “How quickly it happens. I think the coach made a great play and JJ made a great pass.
“Getting that confidence from the coach to be able to go out there and execute. Even on a day when the shots aren’t falling, just to keep playing. Just the encouragement to keep going. On to the next one.”
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Young was not the only NBA player to be fined Monday, as he Boston Celtics forward Grant Williams was fined $20,000 for hitting the ball in the stands Saturday night against the Golden State Warriors.
Williams was called for a technical foul and ejected for the move, which occurred late in the fourth quarter of the Celtics’ loss to the Warriors.
Associated Press contributed to this report