NBA fines Heat's Richardson $25,000 for shoe toss

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer

MIAMI - The NBA has fined Miami guard Josh Richardson $25,000 for throwing one of his sneakers into the stands.

Richardson tossed the shoe midway through the fourth quarter of Miami's loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night. He was ejected after that outburst and talked to the NBA office by phone Monday to give his side of the story before the league handed down the discipline.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra says throwing the shoe into the crowd was "unacceptable." Richardson says he's considering it a costly learning experience.

Richardson is Miami's leading scorer this season, averaging 20.1 points through the season's first 16 games.

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