NBA suspends three players involved in Lakers-Raptors altercation


The NBA is suspending three players for their part in the Lakers-Raptors altercation on Tuesday night.

Fred VanVleet and DeAndre ‘Bembry of Toronto, and Talen Horton-Tucker of Los Angeles will take part in the Pines Game as punishment for their involvement in the scrum.

The brawl ensued when Toronto’s OG Anunoby knocked the Lakers’ Dennis Schroder onto his back after Anuoby fouled at 2:24 in the first quarter.

Gary Trent Jr. of the Raptors and Montrezl Harrell of the Lakers immediately jumped in, involving several players, including VanVleet and Horton-Tucker.

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Kiki VanDeWeghe, executive vice president, basketball operations, announced the league’s disciplinary action Thursday morning.

VanVleet, Bembry and Horton-Tucker have all been suspended from a game for coming off the bench to calm the situation down.

Anunoby was fined $ 30,000 for instigating the situation by “grabbing Schroder by the leg and recklessly throwing him to the ground.”

Harrell was fined $ 20,000 for pushing Trent Jr.

Bembry will serve his suspension on Thursday when Toronto faces the Chicago Bulls, and VanVleet will be sidelined once he recovers from a hip injury and returns to the lineup.

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The Lakers, who are already missing LeBron James and Anthony Davis, will seat Horton-Tucker in Thursday’s game against the Heat.

Anunoby and Harrell were sent off from the game, which the Lakers won 110-101.

Pascal Siakam led all scorers with 27 points, while Talen Horton-Tucker led the Lakers with 17 points.


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