Bucks center Larry Sanders was issued a hefty $50,000 fine for using a derogatory and offensive term and publicly criticizing officials, the NBA announced Sunday.

Sanders was ejected with 2 minutes 44 seconds left in the Bucks' 107-94 loss to Miami on Friday. He "directed a derogatory and offensive term" to the officials and was ejected, according to a statement from Stu Jackson, NBA executive vice president of basketball operations.

The fine also related to public criticism of officials.

"I can imagine it's hard for a referee to ref a Miami Heat game," Sanders said in his post-game comments.

"It's hard for me to take that sometimes. I feel like things are kind of swayed. Maybe (I should) care a little less."

Sanders argued after being called for fouling Heat star LeBron James on a drive to the basket.

Sanders was ejected from back-to-back games last week against Washington and Miami. He has been ejected four times this season. There were no incidents with Sanders as the Bucks beat the Orlando Magic, 115-109, on Sunday at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

After being ejected in Washington on Wednesday, Sanders turned and gave a thumbs up signal to all three referees.