The NBA fined Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant on Friday for making a “menacing gesture,” when he pretended to slice his throat after throwing down a big dunk during the Thunder’s victory against the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night.
The play that led to Durant’s costly celebration occurred with about 1:45 left in the second quarter of Oklahoma City’s 116-97 win at Golden State.
Thunder guard Russell Westbrook blocked Stephen Curry’s layup, and Durant corralled the ball and went in for a soaring dunk at the other end of the court. He then made the throat-slashing gesture and crossed his hands in prayer.
“Kill ’em and pray for ’em after the game,” Durant said.
“It’s nothing against the team I’m playing against,” Durant added. “Come out with a mindset and be friends after the game.”
Spurs waive Jackson
The San Antonio Spurs waived forward Stephen Jackson, a surprising end to his second stint with the team.
The 13-year NBA veteran averaged 6.2 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 19.5 minutes in 55 games this season, but the Spurs decided to move on without him even as they battle a number of injuries.
“We’re getting ready for the playoffs and putting our team together,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “What we want to do and who we want to do it with and we thought making this decision with Jack was best for the group.”
Because he was released after March 1, Jackson is ineligible for the playoffs if he signs with another team.
Oldest player let go
New York released Kurt Thomas, the NBA’s oldest player, a necessary move with the team gearing up for the playoffs.
Thomas, 40, has been sidelined the past month with a stress fracture in his right foot.
The Knicks filled the roster opening by signing free agent center Solomon Jones. The 6-foot-10 Jones had been playing in China.