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History hurt World Peace

NEW YORK — Commissioner David Stern said Wednesday that the elbow that Metta World Peace used to give James Harden a concussion was "recklessly thrown" and the forward's history absolutely weighed in his decision to suspend the Laker for seven games.

Stern noted World Peace, formerly Ron Artest, received an 86-game suspension in 2004 for jumping into the stands in the Detroit suburbs to fight fans.

"It does take in account the fact that the perpetrator is who he is and has the record that he has, and this called for in our view a very stiff penalty …" Stern said.

In California, World Peace acknowledged he threw a "brutal" elbow while celebrating a dunk. "I was just way too emotional," he said.

Harden passed his NBA-mandated tests and will rejoin the Thunder today.

Magic locks sixth, takes hit: J.J. Redick hit six 3-pointers and scored a career-high 31 as host Orlando won 102-95, handing the Bobcats a 22nd straight loss. The Magic secured the East's sixth seed but lost forward Glen Davis (sprained right ankle, day to day).

late tuesday: The host Jazz clinched the final West playoff berth, beating the Suns 100-88.

Magic 102, Bobcats 95

CHARLOTTE (95): Brown 6-11 4-4 16, Mullens 4-11 2-4 11, Biyombo 2-3 1-2 5, Augustin 8-17 5-5 23, Henderson 5-9 7-7 17, White 0-0 0-0 0, Moon 1-1 0-0 3, Thomas 2-4 9-10 13, Carroll 1-3 0-0 3, Diop 0-0 0-0 0, Walker 2-11 0-0 4. Totals 31-70 28-32 95.

ORLANDO (102): J.Richardson 6-17 2-2 17, Anderson 8-15 6-7 24, Davis 0-1 2-2 2, Nelson 4-13 0-0 11, Redick 9-19 7-7 31, Q.Richardson 0-3 1-2 1, Clark 2-2 4-5 8, Duhon 0-6 0-0 0, Orton 4-5 0-3 8, Harper 0-1 0-0 0, Smith 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 33-82 22-28 102.

Charlotte 24 23 26 22— 95

Orlando 37 20 26 19— 102

3-Point GoalsCharlotte 5-17 (Augustin 2-4, Moon 1-1, Carroll 1-3, Mullens 1-5, Brown 0-1, Walker 0-3), Orlando 14-38 (Redick 6-10, J.Richardson 3-7, Nelson 3-7, Anderson 2-8, Q.Richardson 0-1, Harper 0-1, Duhon 0-4). Fouled OutNelson. ReboundsCharlotte 45 (Walker 9), Orlando 53 (Anderson 13). AssistsCharlotte 18 (Augustin 6), Orlando 21 (Nelson 9). Total FoulsCharlotte 24, Orlando 28. TechnicalsJ.Richardson, Orlando defensive three second. A19,152.

Bulls 92, Pacers 87

CHICAGO (92): Deng 4-11 0-0 9, Boozer 8-10 0-0 16, Noah 5-8 4-4 14, Rose 3-11 4-4 10, Hamilton 2-10 0-0 4, Watson 2-6 0-0 5, Gibson 4-8 2-2 10, Asik 0-0 0-0 0, Korver 8-13 0-0 20, Brewer 2-4 0-0 4. Totals 38-81 10-10 92.

INDIANA (87): George 2-12 3-4 7, West 5-8 3-4 13, Hibbert 2-4 0-0 4, Hill 3-7 0-0 7, Stephenson 10-15 0-0 22, Hansbrough 1-7 2-2 4, Collison 3-7 0-0 6, Jones 4-8 0-0 9, Price 3-4 2-2 10, Amundson 2-7 1-4 5, Pendergraph 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 35-80 11-16 87.

Chicago 32 17 18 25— 92

Indiana 24 12 23 28— 87

3-Point GoalsChicago 6-17 (Korver 4-6, Watson 1-2, Deng 1-5, Rose 0-2, Hamilton 0-2), Indiana 6-14 (Price 2-3, Stephenson 2-4, Jones 1-1, Hill 1-2, Collison 0-1, George 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsChicago 50 (Noah 14), Indiana 43 (Amundson 7). AssistsChicago 27 (Rose 7), Indiana 16 (Hill 5). Total FoulsChicago 17, Indiana 10. A18,165.

Wizards 96, Cavaliers 85

WASHINGTON (96): C.Singleton 4-8 0-0 10, Vesely 3-4 1-1 7, Seraphin 6-12 0-0 12, Wall 7-16 7-8 21, Martin 3-10 0-2 7, Nene 6-7 0-0 12, Almond 2-9 0-1 5, J.Singleton 5-8 0-0 10, Evans 1-9 2-2 4, Mack 3-7 2-2 8, Cook 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 40-91 12-16 96.

CLEVELAND (85): Gee 1-9 4-4 7, Jamison 3-8 4-4 10, Thompson 3-6 1-2 7, Irving 2-4 0-0 5, Parker 2-7 0-0 4, Kennedy 5-6 0-2 12, Samuels 4-6 1-2 9, Walton 3-3 0-0 6, Sloan 3-8 2-2 8, Casspi 4-8 0-0 8, Harangody 1-6 1-2 3, Harris 3-6 0-0 6. Totals 34-77 13-18 85.

Washington 21 28 28 19— 96

Cleveland 27 18 18 22— 85

3-Point GoalsWashington 4-16 (C.Singleton 2-5, Almond 1-3, Martin 1-3, Cook 0-1, J.Singleton 0-1, Evans 0-3), Cleveland 4-17 (Kennedy 2-2, Irving 1-2, Gee 1-3, Casspi 0-2, Sloan 0-2, Jamison 0-2, Parker 0-2, Harangody 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsWashington 55 (Vesely 12), Cleveland 48 (Samuels 9). AssistsWas. 21 (Wall 13), Cle. 18 (Sloan 7). Total FoulsWas. 19, Cle. 18. A18,086.

76ers 90, Bucks 85

PHILADELPHIA (90): Allen 2-6 0-0 4, Turner 13-29 2-4 29, Hawes 3-13 2-2 8, Holiday 3-7 0-0 6, Meeks 8-19 8-9 27, S.Young 2-6 1-2 5, Brackins 1-6 0-0 2, Vucevic 2-7 0-0 4, Silas 2-5 0-1 5, Battie 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 36-101 13-18 90.

MILWAUKEE (85): Harris 7-12 1-1 15, Leuer 4-8 0-0 8, Udoh 2-4 4-4 8, Jennings 7-16 2-2 19, Livingston 1-6 0-0 2, Sanders 6-12 0-2 12, Dunleavy 5-11 0-0 12, Udrih 4-9 0-0 9, Brockman 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 36-81 7-9 85.

Philadelphia 24 21 26 19— 90

Milwaukee 29 21 13 22— 85

3-Point GoalsPhiladelphia 5-16 (Meeks 3-7, Silas 1-2, Turner 1-5, Holiday 0-1, S.Young 0-1), Milwaukee 6-16 (Jennings 3-7, Dunleavy 2-5, Udrih 1-2, Harris 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsPhiladelphia 63 (Turner 13), Milwaukee 54 (Harris 13). AssistsPhiladelphia 24 (Turner 6), Milwaukee 26 (Udrih 9). Total FoulsPhiladelphia 9, Milwaukee 14. A13,489.

History hurt World Peace 04/25/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 11:59pm]

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