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Durant fined $25,000 by NBA for 'menacing gesture'

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April 12, 2013 07:12 PM EST | AP

NEW YORK — The NBA has fined Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant for making a "menacing gesture," when he pretended to slice his throat after throwing down a big dunk during the Thunder's victory against the Golden State Warriors.

The play that led to Durant's costly celebration occurred with about 1:45 left in the second quarter of Oklahoma City's 116-97 win at Golden State.

Thunder guard Russell Westbrook blocked Stephen Curry's layup, and Durant corralled the ball and went in for a soaring dunk at the other end of the court. He then made throat-slashing gesture and crossed his hands in prayer.

"Kill `em and pray for `em after the game," Durant said.

"It's nothing against the team I'm playing against," Durant added. "Come out with a mindset and be friends after the game."