Veteran Brooklyn Nets forward Paul Pierce was fined $15,000 by the NBA for a flagrant foul during a game this week against the Indiana Pacers.

The NBA league office ruled that the 36-year-old Pierce made "excessive and unnecessary contact" against Pacers point guard George Hill when the latter was driving to the hoop for a basket during Monday night's game at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

The play occurred with 4:22 remaining in the third quarter when Pierce tried to prevent Hill from making an easy layup. The Pacers went on to win the game 103-86.

The Nets player was automatically ejected from the game when the referee ruled that the foul, in which Pierce's arm wrapped around Hill's neck, constituted a flagrant 2 penalty.

Pierce, who came to the Nets in an offseason trade in June after 15 seasons with the Boston Celtics, refused to talk with reporters after his ejection.

Pierce, power forward Kevin Garnett - key cogs in a Celtics title run in the 2007-2008 season - and guard Jason Terry moved from Boston to Brooklyn in a trade that many observers predicted would make the Nets a contender in the Eastern Conference.

Through 27 games, however, Brooklyn is a woeful 9-18 under first-year coach Jason Kidd and will need to turn things around just to make the playoffs.

The Nets will next play on Saturday in a rematch against the Pacers, who currently lead the Eastern Conference with a 23-5 record. EFE