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Viva Las Vegas? NBA fines Rockets for side trip

12/12/2005 - Houston Rockets

HOUSTON -- The Houston Rockets have been fined by the NBA
for a trip to Las Vegas last week.

League spokesman Tim Frank declined to disclose the amount of
the fine, saying it is an internal matter.

"They took them to Las Vegas in the middle of a road trip, and
that's against salary cap rules," Frank said Monday night.

Rockets general manager Carroll Dawson told Houston television
station KRIV that he understands that the Rockets violated the
rules and expects to find out the details on Tuesday.

Dawson did not immediately return a message from The Associated
Press on Monday night.

Frank said that, under the rules, teams are prohibited to
provide any benefits or compensation to players that are not
included in their contracts.

Houston opened a six-game, 11-day trip on Thursday against
Sacramento, winning 106-95. They beat the Portland Trail Blazers
100-86 on Sunday night.