Chris Bosh just made NBA Finals history. It's probably not the kind he'd like, though.
The NBA announced Friday afternoon that it has fined the Miami Heat center $5,000 for violating the league's anti-flopping policy during Game 4 of the 2013 NBA Finals. Since this is the first season in which the NBA has levied fines against players who exaggerate or simulate contact to draw fouls, the decision earns Bosh the dubious distinction of being the first player ever fined for flopping in an NBA Finals game.
While his fine is a Finals first, Bosh becomes the eighth player to receive a flopping fine this postseason. He joins Derek Fisher, Jeff Pendergraph, J.R. Smith, Tony Allen, LeBron James, David West and Lance Stephenson.
The league hasn't yet hit a player with a second flopping fine during the playoffs. A repeat offense would trigger a $10,000 fine in accordance with the NBA's stricter postseason flopping punishments. Third and fourth violations would cost $15,000 and $30,000, respectively.
While the second-quarter flop and subsequent non-halftime-buzzer-beating dunk weren't exactly highlights for Bosh, the All-Star big man bounced back to turn in his best game in more than a month, scoring 20 points on 8 for 14 shooting, grabbing 13 rebounds, blocking two shots, grabbing two steals and playing stellar defense in 38 strong minutes as the Heat evened up the best-of-seven Finals at two games apiece.
Game 5 tips off Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET.
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