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Thunder's Patterson fined $10K for criticizing officiating

Dallas Mavericks forward Dwight Powell (7) dunks in front of Oklahoma City Thunder forward Patrick Patterson during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

NEW YORK (AP) — Oklahoma City Thunder forward Patrick Patterson has been fined $10,000 for publicly complaining about the officiating during the 2017-18 season.

The NBA handed down the punishment Sunday.

It stems from a post Patterson made on Twitter, writing Saturday: "There needs to be some kind of consequence for their downright awfulness rather than pointless apologies from their bosses. #dobetter."

The tweet comes on the heels of a blown call that cost the Thunder the game against Milwaukee on Friday night in Oklahoma City.

Even though he stepped out of bounds on the play, Giannis Antetokounmpo hit a basket with 1.3 seconds left that the officials counted, leading the Bucks to a 97-95 win over the Thunder.

Thunder coach Billy Donovan and several of his players pleaded for a review, but the officials refused.

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