NEW YORK: The NBA fined Washington Wizards center Thomas Bryant $45,000 for repeatedly making inappropriate contact with an official the league announced on Saturday (Sunday in Manila).

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Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson (left) goes to the basket next to Washington Wizards center Thomas Bryant during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Washington. AP PHOTO

Bryant, who received a technical foul as part of the incident, was aggressively attempting to confront Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin, who had committed a Flagrant Foul 1 against Bryant on the play.

The incident occurred with 8:42 remaining in the third quarter of Washington’s 97-86 preseason loss to Detroit on Thursday night.

The two teams will play again Saturday night.

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