Dec 26, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets power forward Terrence Jones (6) controls the ball during the third quarter as Memphis Grizzlies power forward Zach Randolph (50) defends at Toyota Center. The Rockets defeated the Grizzlies 100-92. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Zach Randolph fined $25,000 for criticizing officials


After the Houston Rockets mounted a big comeback to beat the Memphis Grizzlies to the tune of 100-92 on Thursday night, Memphis power forward Zach Randolph had some choice words for the officiating crew. Randolph claimed the Grizzlies were playing “eight against five,” a reference to how, amongst other statistical discrepancies, James Harden of the Rockets shot more free throws by himself (25) than the Grizzlies shot as a team (20).

Here’s what Randolph had to say after the game:

It was the refs tonight. I mean, eight against five. I mean, the game was, in the second half, (Harden) is shooting a free throw every time. We out there playing hard. They dictating the game. It can’t be like that, man. We’re out here playing, too. It was a horrible game they reffed tonight, awful. They dictated the game – plain, point, simple. They dictated the game (CBS Sports).

The Memphis star was hit with a $25,000 fine on Friday for his comments.

[Source: CBS Sports]

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