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Noah: $50,000 fine 'fair'; ready to move on to Game 4

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Bulls center Joakim Noah said the $50,000 fine levied by the NBA for his slur at a fan during the first quarter of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals was ''fair'' and he's ready to put the controversy behind him as the team prepares for an all-important Game 4 tonight at American Airlines Arena in Miami.

''I made a mistake. I learned from it ... and move on,'' a mellow Noah said prior to the Bulls' shootaround at the arena Tuesday morning.

Asked if he was surprised his fine was less than than the $100,000 fine against the Lakers' Kobe Bryant for a similar infraction aimed at a referee earlier this season, Noah said, ''I don't know. I was just ready to face the consequences and move on and get ready for this game. I don't want to be a distraction to my teammates.''

Noah scored one point and grabbed five rebounds in the Bulls' 96-85 loss in Game 3 on Sunday night. The Bulls, trailing 2-1 in the series, face the Heat in Game 4 at 7:30 p.m. tonight.

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