Chris Bosh has been fined for flopping in the Heat-Spurs Game 4 after throwing himself to the floor following a push from Tim Duncan.
The Heat center will pay $5,000 for the fine during the 109-93 Game 4 victory, which evened the NBA Finals at 2-2.
Bosh repulsed himself away from San Antonio Spurs center Tim Duncan on a second-quarter play, flying to the floor despite only a slight push from Duncan, who was whistled for a foul.
The call wiped away a layup by Spurs guard Gary Neal while the Heat led 41-32. But it also might have galvanized the Spurs, who closed the half on a 17-8 run to tie it.
Bosh’s performance went beyond acting, though. He had 20 points and 13 rebounds in his best performance since Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Chicago Bulls on May 10. He joined with superstars LeBron James (33 points) and Dwyane Wade (32) to account for 78% of Miami’s scoring.
The NBA’s crackdown on flopping this season has stretched into the postseason, with James and Shane Battier of the Heat also receiving fines.
There were several other plays in Game 4 that could have drawn fine consideration.