Heat become latest team fined by NBA for 'bench decorum'

The Miami Heat were fined for bench decorum for behaviour during Friday night's playoff game in Boston.(Michael Dwyer/AP)

The Miami Heat were fined $25,000 by the NBA on Saturday for "rules regarding team bench decorum" during Friday night's playoff game in Boston.

The NBA said several players stood "for an extended period in Miami’s team bench area, stood away from the team bench, and were on, encroaching upon or entering the playing court during live game action."

The Heat defeated the Celtics 111-103 to force a Game 7 on Sunday night in Miami.

This is the second fine the Heat have incurred this post-season. Miami small forward Jimmy Butler was fined $15,000 for making what the league described as an obscene gesture during the team's series-clinching win against the Atlanta Hawks. The Heat were fined $15,000 for then turning a video of the gesture into a social media post.

The Dallas Mavericks have been fined three times during the playoffs, the latest for $100,000, for the same reasons the Heat were just punished. The NBA doubles the fine for subsequent transgressions.

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