NEW YORK (Reuters) - Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett was fined $25,000 by the National Basketball Association on Friday for criticizing officials and using inappropriate language in a post-game news conference.

The league said in a statement that the player had been fined for his behavior after the 109-104 defeat by the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday.

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