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3.14.2007

Bogut fined for obscene gesture on basketball court

After the controversial actitude of Andrew Bogut, the NBA fined Milwaukee Bucks player $25,000 on Wednesday for directing an obscene gesture toward fans.

Indeed, Bogut's outburst came near the end of Milwaukee's 108-93 loss at home to Toronto on Monday night. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 draft was ejected after committing a flagrant foul against Toronto's Chris Bosh with 49 seconds remaining, then he made an obscene hand gesture toward fans as he left the court.

It's important to say, however, that Bogut apologized to fans Tuesday.

"I think our fans have been very supportive of me since I came to Milwaukee and they certainly didn't deserve my reaction coming off the court," Bogut expressed. "I got caught up in the heat of the moment and let my emotions get the best of me."

What's more, Bogut also apologized to his teammates, coaches, organization and the league.

It's good to remember that in January, the league fined Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith $25,000 for making an obscene gesture to the crowd after being ejected from a game against the Charlotte Bobcats.

Indeed, Smith raised both middle fingers as he was about halfway through the tunnel, apparently reacting to two technical fouls and being heckled by the crowd.

Mavericks were outplayed by the Warriors at Golden State

24 hours after their most lopsided victory of the season, the Dallas Mavericks' 17-match winning streak ended with a thud at Golden State.

In fact, Mickael Pietrus scored 20 points as the Warriors emphatically snapped the seventh-longest streak in NBA history, dominating the league-best Mavericks throughout a 117-100 triumph late Monday night.

It's fair to say that it was surprising for both Golden State and Dallas (52-10), which hadn't lost since Jan. 25 at Chicago.

"They came out swinging, and we were never ready for the attack," the Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki admitted. "We were backpedaling all game long. We were just never really ready to play."

Dallas defeated the Los Angeles Lakers by 36 points Sunday night to improve to 38-2 since Dec. 11. However, the Mavericks struggled offensively and played awful defense against the Warriors' up-tempo offense, falling behind by 17 in the first half and 29 in the third quarter.

We have to mention that Jason Terry scored 16 points, but the defending Western Conference champions never were competitive in their fourth straight loss to the Warriors. And Nowitzki had just 13 points and committed seven turnovers.