‘The incident occurred with 1:17 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Lakers’ 124-116 overtime win against the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday at Gainbridge Fieldhouse,” said the NBA statement.
James enthusiastically made the gesture after making a deep three-point shot as he mimicked a celebration popularized by former NBA star Sam Cassell when he was playing for the Milwaukee Bucks.
The NBA has consistently fined players between $15,000 to $25,000 for performing the routine.
Last weekend, James was ejected after he made contact with Detroit Pistons player Isaiah Stewart in the face. That altercation that sparked a confrontational reaction from Stewart and an on-court scuffle.
Stewart was subsequently hit with a two-game suspension by the NBA for “escalating” the situation and “repeatedly and aggressively” pursuing James, who himself received a one-game ban for the first time in his 19-year NBA career for “recklessly hitting” the Pistons center in the face.
After the Wednesday’s win over the Pacers, James said the one-game suspension was “some bulls**t.”*t.”