Westbrook fined $15,000 for profanity after loss

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Oklahoma City Thunder Russell Westbrook, pictured during the quarterfinals against the Houston Rockets on April 19, 2017, used profane language in an interview following his team's 115-111 loss that gave the Rockets a 2-0 lead in the series (AFP Photo/Tim Warner)

Oklahoma City Thunder Russell Westbrook, pictured during the quarterfinals against the Houston Rockets on April 19, 2017, used profane language in an interview following his team's 115-111 loss that gave the Rockets a 2-0 lead in the series

Oklahoma City Thunder Russell Westbrook, pictured during the quarterfinals against the Houston Rockets on April 19, 2017, used profane language in an interview following his team's 115-111 loss that gave the Rockets a 2-0 lead in the series (AFP Photo/Tim Warner)

New York (AFP) - Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook was fined $15,000 by the NBA on Friday for using inappropriate language during a post-game interview session, the league announced.

Westbrook uttered a profanity in comments following the Thunder's 115-111 playoff loss at Houston on Wednesday, a defeat that gave the Rockets a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven first round series that continues Friday at Oklahoma City.

Westbrook scored 51 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and passed off 13 assists in the loss, setting a club playoff one-game scoring record and producing the most points in any triple-double in playoff history.

But when asked about his statistics during a post-game news conference televised live by several media outlets, Westbrook said, "I don't give a f--- about my line."

Asked about the fine after practice Friday, Westbrook said, "If somebody is cussing me, I hope they get it too. I'm OK with it. I'll take it."

Westbrook was fined $25,000 last year for cursing at a spectators who was heckling him during a first-round playoff series against Dallas.

Westbrook led the NBA in scoring this season with 31.6 points a game and also averaged 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists per contest, joining Oscar Robertson as the only players in NBA history to average a triple double for an entire season. He also had 42 triple doubles this season to break Robertson's record for the most in a single campaign.

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