LeBron James has been fined $15,000 and warned about using 'profane language'.

The 36-year-old landed a crucial three-point shot during overtime of the LA Lakers' win over the Indiana Pacers on Thursday, but then celebrated by gesturing with his hand below his groin in a cupping motion.

It's an action widely known as the 'Big Balls Dance' in basketball, but it didn't go down well with NBA officials who duly fined the four-time MVP.

LeBron James has been fined $15,000 (

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And the disciplinary issues didn't end there for James, who has also received a warning for his use of foul language after his side had beaten the Detroit Pistons last Sunday. The forward was asked about a one-game suspension he'd received for hitting Pistons centre Isaiah Stewart in the face, and labelled the decision "bull****."

The incident saw him ejected during the third quarter, only the second time in his esteemed career that he'd been given marching orders by officials.

The suspension meant James missed the Lakers' visit to the New York Knicks on Wednesday, and his absence proved pivotal as his side lost 106-100 without him.

The crude celebration upon his return wasn't the only flash point that James, the only player to have won the NBA finals with three different franchises, was involved in against the Pacers.

Isaiah Stewart of the Detroit Pistons is restrained as he goes after James during the third quarter last Sunday (

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He also alerted officials of two fans's inappropriate behaviour late in the fourth quarter, identifying them before they were escorted out of the arena by security. However, the pair continued to mock James as they were leaving their seats.

The eventual 124-116 victory means the Lakers now lie seventh in the overall standings, and still face a real fight to retain the title they won in 2020.

However James, who is widely considered to be one of sport's all-time greats, and constantly central to debates over whether he or Michael Jordan is the best to ever grace the NBA, will be critical to those chances - and Lakers coach Frank Vogel will be keen to see his key man avoid any further controversies.

It has been a busy week for the NBA, who also fined Portland Trail Blazers forward Robert Covington $15,000 for throwing his facemask at a game official, during his team's game with the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday.

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