Posted by Ben Golliver
Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors lost his cool in a heated exchange during a Thursday night game against the Dallas Mavericks, and now it's going to cost him.
The NBA announced on Saturday that Favors has been fined $25,000 for throwing the basketball in frustration towards the Mavericks bench and into the stands, an act that earned him an immediate ejection from the game.
Favors' ball toss came after Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki slapped the ball out of his hands during a dead ball, an action which warranted a technical foul but was not called. Jazz guard Earl Watson retaliated soon after, slapping the ball out of Nowitzki's hands in a similar manner during a subsequent dead ball, and was issued a technical.
Shortly thereafter, with less than a minute remaining in the third quarter and the Jazz leading, 71-70, Favors was called for an offensive foul for setting a moving screen on Mavericks forward Lamar Odom. He receive the pass as he rolled, looked at the referee to see the call and then disgustedly threw the ball with an underhand toss towards the end of the Mavericks bench and into the stands. He was immediately issued two technical fouls, per the league's guidelines on that type of action, and was ejected.
The Mavericks went on to win, 94-91.
Here's video of Favors' ejection courtesy of YouTube user CPollnow7.