CLEVELAND — That was one expensive obscene hand gesture by Joel Embiid.
The NBA fined the 76ers center $25,000 on Wednesday for raising his middle finger at Atlanta Hawks guard Kevin Huerter late in a 129-112 home victory Monday night and using profane language during a live TV interview.
Embiid made the gesture after Huerter ran behind him and stole the ball with 17.9 seconds left, instead of allowing the Sixers big man to run out the clock and celebrate the lopsided victory.
Embiid scored a career-high 49 points that night. He apologized for his actions after the game.
The amount of the fine reflected his “multiple prior violations of acceptable on-court decorum,” the league said in a news release.