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Washington Wizards C Thomas Bryant fined $45,000 for contact with official

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Griffin all laughs during heated scuffle with Thomas (0:52)

Blake Griffin trips Thomas Bryant sending him tumbling to the ground. Bryant pops up heated and shoves Griffin, resulting in a technical foul for Bryant and a flagrant 1 for Griffin. (0:52)

NEW YORK -- The NBA fined Washington Wizards center Thomas Bryant $45,000 for repeatedly making inappropriate contact with an official, the league announced Saturday.

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.