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Mavericks' Cuban fined $100,000 for 'inappropriate language'

Dallas Mavericks NBA basketball team owner Mark Cuban arrives at the 41st American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California November 24, 2013
Dallas Mavericks NBA basketball team owner Mark Cuban arrives at the 41st American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California November 24, 2013

(Reuters) - Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has been fined $100,000 for confronting game officials with "inappropriate language" after Wednesday's 129-127 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, the National Basketball Association said.

Cuban's on-court actions occurred after the Mavericks blew a 17-point lead over the Clippers with four-and-a-half minutes remaining in a wildly fluctuating encounter at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles.

"It was like a playoff game the last three or four minutes, everybody was mouthing back and forth and getting techs, and it became a brawl out there," veteran Mavericks forward Shawn Marion told reporters after the game.

"But if you let that take away from what your main focus is - executing at both ends of the floor - then it's going to take you out of your game."

The Mavericks lost despite outscoring the Clippers 60-40 in the paint, and outrebounding them 47-38, as both teams shot more than 50 percent from the field.

(Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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