Marcus Smart fined $35,000 for going after Atlanta’s DeAndre Bembry

The NBA said Smart was fined for “aggressively pursuing an opponent in an attempt to escalate a physical altercation and failing to leave the court in a timely manner following his ejection.’’

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Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) is restrained by center Al Horford during the team's NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Todd Kirkland) –Todd Kirkland / AP Photo

The NBA has fined Celtics guard Marcus Smart $35,000 for his actions after he was ejected from Boston’s win over the Hawks on Saturday, but he avoided a suspension.

Smart picked up his first technical foul in the third period of the game for arguing about fouls that had been called against him, and then with 7:35 left in the quarter he and Hawks forward DeAndre Bembry were whistled for double technicals for having a verbal altercation. Since it was Smart’s second technical foul of the game, he was automatically ejected.

Smart was briefly led away by a member of the team’s security staff, but he then charged at Bembry before being restrained by Atlanta’s Dewayne Dedmon. The NBA said Smart was fined for “aggressively pursuing an opponent in an attempt to escalate a physical altercation and failing to leave the court in a timely manner following his ejection.’’

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The Celtics face the Heat at TD Garden Monday night.