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                === Stern fines Spurs 250K for resting stars ===
 New York, NY (Sports Network) - NBA commissioner David Stern wasn't very happy
 with  San Antonio  Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich's decision to keep a number
 of  his  top players out  of Thursday's  nationally televised matchup with the
 Miami  Heat, and showed his displeasure by handing the organization a $250,000
 fine on Friday.
 Stern ruled that Popovich's election not to have Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu
 Ginobili and Danny Green make the trip for Thursday's contest was in violation
 of  league  policy against resting  players "in a  manner contrary to the best
 interests of the NBA."
 The  Spurs  were playing for the  fourth time in five  days in the finale of a
 six-game, nine-day road trip.
 Despite  being without four  of its top five scorers, San Antonio held a 92-85
 lead  on the defending  NBA champion Heat with under five minutes to go before
 Miami rallied for a 105-100 win.
 "The  result here is dictated by the totality of the facts in this case," said
 Stern  in  a statement. "The  Spurs decided to make  four of their top players
 unavailable  for an  early-season game that was the team's only regular-season
 visit  to Miami. The team also did this without informing the Heat, the media,
 or  the league  office in  a  timely way.  Under these  circumstances, I  have
 concluded that the Spurs did a disservice to the league and our fans."
 11/30 19:08:36 ET