Nuggets forward Jordan Hamilton goes up against the Clippers’ Ronny Turiaf.
Nuggets forward Jordan Hamilton goes up against the Clippers' Ronny Turiaf. (The Associated Press)

Denver Nuggets forward Jordan Hamilton got docked $25,000 by the NBA on Wednesday for shouting a profanity at a Los Angeles fan on Christmas Day.

Stu Jackson, the NBA's vice president and leveler of punishment, announced Hamilton's fine.

With 3:50 remaining in Tuesday's game between the Nuggets and Clippers in L.A., Hamilton drove the lane and ended up behind the baseline, in the crowd.

He responded to a fan with a vulgar exchange that was caught by TV cameras and aired live.

Hamilton, in his second year in the NBA, scored a season-high 16 points in the game. He's averaging 6.8 points over 12.4 minutes this season. The Clippers won the game 112-100.

A first-round draft pick of the Dallas Mavericks in 2011, Hamilton was acquired by Denver as part of a three-team draft-day deal that also involved Portland.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.