NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York Knicks center Samuel Dalembert was fined $15,000 by the NBA on Monday for elbowing Toronto’s Jonas Valanciunas in the face.

Dalembert received a flagrant 2 foul and was automatically ejected after elbowing the Raptors counterpart with 10:59 left in the third quarter of the Knicks’ 118-108 loss on Sunday.

Dalembert told the New York Post that “if I really wanted to hit him, he wouldn’t be playing right now.”

“He was holding my arms. I kept mentioning that,” Dalembert told the newspaper. “Actually he was the one who elbowed me in the first half. He kept holding me, I said stop holding my arms and I made that sudden movement and I actually hit him.”

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