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Tyler Ulis fined for role in Suns-Grizzlies on-court altercation

Phoenix Suns guard Tyler Ulis (8) in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, in Phoenix.
Phoenix Suns guard Tyler Ulis (8) in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, in Phoenix. AP

Former University of Kentucky star Tyler Ulis was fined $15,000 by the NBA for his role during an altercation between the Phoenix Suns and Memphis Grizzlies near the end of their game on Feb. 8.

Ulis, whose first-year NBA salary is $918,369, came to teammate and fellow former Wildcat Devin Booker’s defense after Grizzlies guard Troy Daniels took exception to Booker’s hard foul on a three-pointer with 1:10 remaining in the game. Memphis won 110-91.

Suns Coach Earl Watson told the Associated Press that he appreciated the emotional display from his team in a tough loss.

“That shows they believe in each other,” he said. “And they believe in a purpose.”

Memphis Coach David Fizdale told the AP that he didn’t think much of the late-game activity.

“These guys aren’t fighting,” Fizdale said. “There was a whole lot of huffing and puffing and pushing and shoving.”

Daniels and the Suns rookie Marquese Chriss were also fined $15,000, and Phoenix center Alex Len was suspended one game without pay for leaving the bench area and entering the playing court during the altercation.

Dennis Varney: 859-231-3514, @ExCats

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