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Matt Barnes suspended one game for actions during Lakers-Mavericks altercation

Matt Barnes of the Los Angeles Lakers has been suspended one game without pay for escalating an on-court altercation and actions following his ejection, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

The incident occurred with 9:23 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Lakers’ 110-82  victory over the Dallas Mavericks at Staples Center on March 31. Barnes will serve his suspension tonight when the Lakers visit the Utah Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena.

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Chris Sheridan of ESPN reports:

If the Knicks felt a certain player named Jordan could help them in the playoffs, he would have been at practice Friday.

But Jordan, whose full name is Jerome Jordan (the center from Tulsa who the Knicks acquired last June after he was drafted at No. 44 in the second round by the Milwaukee Bucks), is going to spend the rest of the season in Serbia.

“He’s under contract over there, and there was some idea that maybe they weren’t doing the right things with him, and maybe we could get him. But I think now they’re straightened out, and so he’s playing over there,” team president Donnie Walsh said.

Jordan is shooting 73 percent while averaging 7.8 points and 3.8 rebounds in 15 minutes per game for KK Hemofarm of the Adriatic League.

The AP reports:

Bryant scores 28 to lead Lakers over Mavs

Kobe Bryant scored 28 points, Andrew Bynum had 18 points and 13 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Dallas Mavericks 110-82 in a testy affair in which four players were ejected Thursday night.

Early in the fourth quarter, the Lakers’ Matt Barnes and the Mavericks’ Jason Terry and Brendan Haywood were thrown out following an altercation under the basket. Los Angeles’ Shannon Brown was later ejected in a separate incident.

InsideHoops.com notes: The Lakers shot 44.7 percent from the field; the Mavs only hit 36.1 percent. The Lakers hit 28-of-39 free throws; the Mavs 16-of-23. For Dallas in the loss, Dirk Nowitzki had 27 points and 13 rebounds, but no other starter scored more than nine points. Off the Dallas bench, Peja Stojakovic scored 13 while Jose Barea had 10.

The AP reports:

The Boston Celtics finally got a big win and their big man back. They may also reclaim the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference.

And the San Antonio Spurs, at this dismal rate, may give first place in the West away.

Rajon Rondo had 22 points and 14 assists, center Jermaine O’Neal returned from knee surgery, and the Celtics ended a miserable March by not slipping further from first in the East, beating the slumping Spurs 107-97 on Thursday night.

Paul Pierce added 21 points and 11 rebounds, and Kevin Garnett scored 20. The Celtics won for just the second time in five games and, ending the month at 9-7, moved within two games of Chicago for the No. 1 playoff seed with eight games to go…

Tony Parker led the Spurs with 23 points. Tim Duncan returned after missing the last four games with a sprained ankle and finished with 20 points and 13 rebounds.

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