James Harden fined for flopping

Houston Rockets guard James Harden receives a fine for flopping.

Houston Rockets guard James Harden has received a £3,000 fine from the NBA after violating the league's anti-flopping rule for a second time this season.

Harden was cited for falling out of bounds with minimal contact from Blake Griffin during the fourth quarter of Saturday's loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, ESPN reports.

The NBA installed the rules last year in order to stop players deceiving referees into wrongly handing out fouls.

The Rockets star is the first player to be fined this season, with an initial violation of the rule earning him a warning.

James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets watches from the end of the court during a free throw opportunity against the Dallas Mavericks at Toyota Center on November 1, 2013
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