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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

NBA Hits Lakers' Van Exel With Record Fine


MINNEAPOLIS -- What Nick Van Exel started with a forearm that sent referee Ron Garretson flying, Rod Thorn and the league office finished when they suspended the Los Angeles Laker point guard for the final seven games of the regular season and fined him a record $25,000.

Since Van Exel earns $23,170.73 a game, the total bill for Wednesday's suspension, counting another $1,000 for the double-technical ejection in the fourth quarter, is $188,195.11.

Subbing for the punished guard, Sedale Threatt scored 20 points and dished off seven assists as the Lakers eased past the Minnesota Timberwolves 111-90.

Elden Campbell had 28 points as the Lakers won for the seventh time in 10 games. Threatt had 15 points by halftime as the Lakers built a 64-55 lead despite 22 points from Minnesota's Isaiah Rider. Threatt hit a 3-pointer early in a 14-0 Los Angeles run and Los Angeles led by as much as 87-68. Rider had 28 for Minnesota.

Heat 116, Hornets 95. Alonzo Mourning came back to haunt Charlotte by leading Miami to a 116-95 victory over the Hornets, the team the Heat is trying to overtake for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.

Mourning, in his first appearance at the Charlotte Coliseum since being traded from the Hornets on opening day after a contract squabble, was booed loudly every time he touched the ball. But Mourning wound up with 26 points, nine rebounds and four assists as the Heat broke a four-game losing streak.

Tim Hardaway and Rex Chapman powered a 12-of-20 3-point formance.