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Clippers' Paul George fined $35K for criticizing officiating

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Kawhi's steal leads to a Paul George bucket to pull the Clippers within 1 (0:27)

Kawhi Leonard steals the rock which finds the hands of Paul George for a Clippers bucket to pull them within one. (0:27)

NEW YORK -- Paul George was fined $35,000 by the NBA on Thursday for saying the officials were "awful" and that the LA Clippers played against "the extra three" in their loss in Denver.

George scored a season-high 35 points in the Clippers' 111-108 defeat in the in-season tournament Tuesday, then took aim at the officiating.

"I thought we played great. It's tough, the adversity of playing against the extra three," George said. "I thought they were awful but, the defending champs, we've got to play better.

"So many times I got hit on layups, 3-pointers. It was constant. Jump shots, getting hit, smacked on the forearm. It was a poor job."

The NBA said the amount of the fine was based in part on George's history of public criticism of the officiating.