The NBA announced Sunday that Portland Trail Blazers center Meyers Leonard and Philadelphia 76ers center Daniel Orton have each been suspended for one game for their roles in a scuffle during Portland's 139-105 road win over Philadelphia on Saturday.
Here's the release.
Portland center Meyers Leonard and Philadelphia 76ers center Daniel Orton have each been suspended one game without pay after Leonard initiated an altercation by body-slamming Orton to the floor and Orton retaliated by elbowing Leonard in the mouth. The incident occurred with 7:19 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Trail Blazers' 139-105 win over the 76ers on Saturday, Dec. 14 at Wells Fargo Center.
Leonard will serve his suspension when the Blazers visit the Detroit Pistons on Sunday.
Leonard, 21, is on the books for $2.2 million this season and the one-game suspension without pay will cost him roughly $20,200 per the NBA's punishment parameters.
With a little more than seven minutes remaining in the fourth quarter and the Blazers leading 126-92, the two players jockeyed for position in the post during a Philadelphia possession. Leonard forcibly carried Orton to the ground with both arms and then landed hard on top of Orton. While both players were on the ground, Orton connected with a right elbow to Leonard's face.
Here's video of the incident.
Here's an animated look at Leonard taking the blow to the face. Click the image below to feel the pain.
This is the second time the Blazers have run afoul of the NBA league office this season. Mo Williams was suspended and both LaMarcus Aldridge and Wesley Matthews were fined for their roles in a scrum with the Golden State Warriors back in November.
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