Raptors Fred VanVleet fined $15K for obscene gesture
The incident took place with only 23 seconds left in the fourth quarter. That’s when VanVleet hit the three-pointer dagger to put Toronto ahead 113-109. After VanVleet’s dagger three from the corner, the point guard had some fun with his teammates. As he was sprinting back to the bench, VanVleet busted out the Sam Cassell Big Balls” celebration, much to the delight of the Raptors bench. Sam Cassell was there to witness this moment and is now a part of the Sixers’ coaching staff. The former journeyman point guard watched as VanVleet iced the game for the Raptors. After the game, VanVleet went over to the Sixers bench to shake hands with Cassell.
Despite the home team’s late surge, the Nick Nurse-led team stood their ground thanks to huge threes from their starting backcourt of Fred VanVleet and Gary Trent Jr.
The Raptors went on to win the game 115-109 with VanVleet scoring a season-high 32 points.