The Houston Rockets once again outlasted Russell Westbrook and the Okahoma City Thunder, eliminating them from the playoffs in Game 5.

Houston Rockets owner Les Alexander’s short stroll down the Toyota Center sideline on Tuesday night might cost him.

In the final seconds of the first quarter of his team’s Game 5 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, Alexander could be seen walking approximately 20 feet to have a word with official Billy Kennedy. After speaking his mind briefly, he can be seen returning to his courtside seat.

Not long after the incident, NBA spokesman Mike Bass made it clear that Alexander – who has owned the Rockets since 1993 – got their attention.

“An investigation is underway,” Bass said in a statement.

Alexander declined comment when approached by the Houston Chronicle’s Jenny Dial Creech, saying only that he was “Upset; really upset.” And for once, the Dallas Mavericks’ Mark Cuban wasn’t the Texas-based NBA owner sparking headlines with official-related behavior.

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Cuban has been fined several times for incidents with officials, most recently on Jan. 18, 2014 when he was hit with a $100,000 penalty for “confronting refs and using inappropriate language.” He racked up a whopping $450,000 for official-related fines in 2006 alone, with $250,000 relating to “several acts of misconduct” after Game 5 of the NBA Finals and two separate fines of $100,000 apiece (one for going on the court in Game 1 of a second-round series, and the other for critical comments he made on his blog).

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