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Words cost Mavs' Amar'e Stoudemire

PHOENIX -- Dallas Mavericks center/forward Amar'e Stoudemire has been fined $15,000 for verbally abusing an official and failing to leave the court in a timely manner upon his ejection, NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn said Saturday.

Stoudemire was ejected from Dallas' 112-101 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night after receiving two technical fouls for arguing an offensive foul call with 5:25 remaining in the third quarter.

Stoudemire, who felt Grizzlies guard Tony Allen flopped after being screened, was called for the first technical foul immediately after approaching referee Scott Foster. A few seconds later, Foster called another technical, ejecting Stoudemire.

"It was too quick for two technical fouls," Stoudemire said after the game. "I have never even seen two techs that quick ever in my career.

"To be a 13-year vet, man, I figure I have a little bit more respect than just two quick technical fouls without saying a curse word or anything to the official. But it is what it is."

Stoudemire admitted shouting expletives at Foster, who also called Mavs coach Rick Carlisle for a technical during the argument, during a tirade after his ejection.

"Not until after the second tech," Stoudemire said of the expletive with a laugh. "I had to get my money's worth at that point."