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© GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP/File | Isaiah Thomas of the Boston Celtics reacts in the second half against the Washington Wizards in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at Verizon Center on May 7, 2017 in Washington, DC

NEW YORK (AFP) - 

Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas was fined $25,000 (23,000 euros) by the NBA on Wednesday for making a profane remark at a heckler during a playoff game at Washington.

Thomas made his expletive-laced remark to the spectator during Boston's 121-102 loss to the Washington Wizards last Sunday, a defeat that left the sides level at 2-2 in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference second round series.

Thomas scored 53 points in a game-two Boston victory but has been contained in the past two contests by Wizards defenders.

The punishment for "directing inappropriate language toward a fan" came only hours before the teams were set to meet for game five in Boston, with game six set back in Washington on Friday and a seventh game, if needed, to be played in Boston on Monday.

Either the Celtics or Wizards will advance to face the defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals with that winner advancing to next month's NBA Finals.

Thomas averaged 25.6 points, 5.6 assists and 3.5 rebounds a game this season for the Celtics, who had the best record in the East at 53-29 and would own a home-court edge on Cleveland if they advance. The Cavaliers would have the home-court edge over Washington.

© 2017 AFP