The NBA fined Washington Bullets forward Terry Catledge $2,000 for participating in a fight with New Jersey Nets forward Buck Williams during a 101-97 Bullets' victory Tuesday at Capital Centre.

Williams, a former star at Maryland, was fined $5,000 by the league. Rod Thorn, the NBA vice president of operations, said Williams received the larger fine for starting the fight and throwing punches. Catledge was penalized, Thorn said, "for escalating the altercation."

Neither man will be suspended by the NBA because of the fight, which occurred with less than four minutes remaining in the game. After a foul was whistled away from the ball, Catledge and Williams got entangled in the lane. Williams pushed Catledge away, then threw a punch at him. Several more punches were thrown by each man before they were separated.

"It was one of those things," Catledge said before last night's game in Boston against the Celtics. "I'm sorry it happened." Catledge added that he will not appeal the fine.

Both Williams and Catledge were ejected from the game.

It was the second confrontation of the contest. In the third quarter, Washington's Bernard King and Dudley Bradley of the Nets got into a heated shouting match.

Williams, who had 18 rebounds before being ejected, had complained of being shoved and elbowed during the game.

After the game, Williams said he was "frustrated" because of the game and the Nets' season. New Jersey, with the second-worst record in the league this season, has not won a road game since last March.