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NEW YORK — Boston Celtics big man Al Horford was fined $25,000 for making “unnecessary and excessive contact” to the lower body of Orlando Magic center Moritz Wagner during Friday’s game, the NBA announced Sunday.

Horford was assessed a flagrant foul 2 and ejected for elbowing Wagner during the third quarter of Boston’s 117-109 loss to Orlando.

At the time of the ejection, Horford had six points and six rebounds. He had returned to the lineup for the NBA-leading Celtics after missing the previous five games.

Wagner finished with 25 points for the Magic, which won its fifth straight game.

The teams meet again Sunday in Boston.

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Celtics’ Al Horford fined $25K for elbowing Magic’s Moritz Wagner