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NBA Suspends Three Players Involved in Lakers-Raptors Altercation

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

Toronto’s Fred VanVleet and DeAndre’ Bembry, and Los Angeles’ Talen Horton-Tucker will be riding the pine one game as punishment for their involvement in the fray.

The scuffle ensued when Toronto’s OG Anunoby flipped the Lakers’ Dennis Schroder on his back after Anuoby took a hard foul at the 2:24 mark in the first quarter.

The Raptors’ Gary Trent Jr. and the Lakers’ Montrezl Harrell immediately intervened, leading to multiple players involving themselves, including VanVleet and Horton-Tucker.

Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations, announced the league’s disciplinary measures Thursday morning.

VanVleet, Bembry, and Horton-Tucker were all given one-game suspensions for leaving the bench to calm the situation.

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

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

Bembry will serve his suspension Thursday when Toronto plays the Chicago Bulls, and VanVleet will sit out once he recovers from a hip injury is back in the lineup.

The Lakers, who are already missing LeBron James and Anthony Davis, will sit Horton-Tucker during Thursday’s matchup against the Heat.

Anunoby and Harrell were ejected 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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