NBA: Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry hit with US$50k fine for mouthpiece incident

Stephen Curry talks with referee Scott Wall during the first half of the game.
Stephen Curry talks with referee Scott Wall during the first half of the game.PHOTO: USA TODAY/JUSTIN FORD

(THE SPORTS XCHANGE) - Former two-time NBA (National Basketball Association) MVP (Most Valuable Player) and Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry has been fined US$50,000 (S$68,078) by the league for throwing his mouthpiece in the direction of a referee during Saturday's (Oct 21) game against the Memphis Grizzlies, the NBA announced on Monday (Oct 23).

Curry threw his mouthpiece in the direction of a referee in response to a no-call on drive with 43.6sec remaining in an eventual 111-101 loss for the Warriors.

Curry and team-mate Kevin Durant were both ejected from the game after arguing with officials about the incident.

Durant was not fined.

"In the grand scheme of things, it's Game Three, we were playing terrible, I was frustrated because I was fouling and I thought I got fouled on the last play. The reaction was definitely a little over the top," Curry said, according to ESPN.

Golden State forward Andrew Iguodala was also fined US$15,000 by the NBA for verbally abusing an official during the incident.

It is the second instance Curry has been fined by the NBA for throwing his mouthpiece.

He was fined US$25,000 for throwing his mouthpiece into the crowd and hitting a fan in Game Six of the 2016 NBA Finals.

Curry is averaging 29.0 points, 5.0 assists and 4.7 rebounds this season.