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James, Stephenson and West receive 5K flopping fines

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LeBron James, David West and Lance Stephenson have each been fined $5,000 for flopping in Game 4.

The NBA announced the penalties Thursday in accordance with their anti-flopping rules. Stephenson's infraction occurred when Ray Allen partially lifted his elbow, while West and LeBron flopped in concert on one play.

In taking a second look at the controversial plays from Game 4, the league also retroactively assessed West a flagrant 1 foul for a play on Dwyane Wade with 5:57 left in the fourth quarter.

Flopping rules are different in the postseason because players aren't warned. Another offense will cost $10,000. Seven players have been fined for postseason flopping, including Derek Fisher, Jeff Pendergraph, Tony Allen and J.R Smith.
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