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Warriors Star Durant Fined $25K for ‘Inappropriate Language To Fan’

DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 08: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors reacts to two three made free throws in the fourth quarter while playing the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena on December 8, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. Golden State won the game 102-98. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Tuesday for an obscenity-laced response to a heckler during a loss Saturday at Dallas.

The violation, technically, for directing inappropriate language toward a fan, took place with 61 seconds remaining in the first quarter of the Mavericks’ 112-109 victory over the reigning NBA champions.

A cell phone video of the confrontation obtained by TMZ Sports showed Durant walking to the spectator’s courtside seat behind a basket and say: “Watch the … game and shut the … up.”

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The move came after Durant had been taunted with the word “cupcake” from the start of the contest.

The term has been thrown at Durant as an insult since he departed Oklahoma City for Golden State in 2016 and an ex-Thunder teammate posted on social media a photo of cupcakes.

Durant won his first two NBA titles with the Warriors in the past two seasons, combining with fellow stars Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson to form a powerful lineup.

But the Warriors have struggled so far this season, losing three games in a row to fall to 12-6, out of the Western Conference lead behind Memphis, Portland and the Los Angeles Clippers.

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