World Peace suspended seven games

LOS ANGELES — Lakers forward Metta World Peace was suspended for seven games by the NBA Tuesday for swinging an elbow that hit Thunder guard James Harden's head Sunday.

World Peace will miss Thursday's regular-season finale and the first six playoff games, forfeiting $347,849 in salary.

It is the 10th time since 2003 the league has suspended World Peace, which commissioner David Stern alluded to in announcing the suspension.

World Peace was ejected Sunday when he aggressively thumped his chest after dunking and then threw a left elbow at Harden, who left with what was later determined to be a concussion.

Harden had limited participation in a shootaround Tuesday but was not cleared to play. He will be re-evaluated for tonight's regular-season finale.

World Peace hasn't answered media questions about his actions. In a brief statement on his website Tuesday night, he apologized to the Thunder and its fans, and said he looked forward to getting back on the court with his teammates.

"His most recent lapse in judgment is not to be condoned or accepted," Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak said after praising World Peace as mostly a model citizen. "His actions could have seriously injured another player. … His absence during this suspension will hurt our team as well.''

World Peace has said the elbow was an accident. "What am I supposed to do, call him a liar?" Lakers coach Mike Brown said. "He said it was accidental. Now was it accidental or not? I don't know."

Los Angeles was already shorthanded at small forward with Matt Barnes (sprained ankle) out for at least Thursday's regular-season finale.

around the league: The Knicks promoted Glen Grunwald from an interim role to executive vice president and general manager. Grunwald acquired center Tyson Chandler to help a weak defense, and signed key players such as Jeremy Lin, Baron Davis, Steve Novak and JR Smith. His promotion could help interim coach Mike Woodson, who played with Grunwald at Indiana University.

Celtics 78, Heat 66

MIAMI (66): Battier 2-4 0-0 5, Haslem 3-4 0-1 6, Pittman 6-10 0-0 12, Chalmers 3-10 2-3 8, Miller 3-10 0-0 8, Harris 0-3 0-0 0, Anthony 2-5 0-0 4, Cole 3-11 0-1 6, Howard 2-9 2-2 6, Jones 4-7 0-0 11. Totals 28-73 4-7 66.

BOSTON (78): Pierce 4-7 0-0 8, Bass 4-8 0-0 8, Hollins 0-3 0-4 0, Bradley 2-10 4-4 8, Pavlovic 7-10 0-0 16, Daniels 5-11 3-4 13, Johnson 3-9 0-0 6, Dooling 3-5 0-1 7, Williams 1-5 3-3 5, Moore 3-6 0-0 7. Totals 32-74 10-16 78.

Miami 17 17 16 16— 66

Boston 10 18 22 28— 78

3-Point GoalsMiami 6-17 (Jones 3-4, Miller 2-8, Battier 1-2, Cole 0-1, Harris 0-1, Chalmers 0-1), Boston 4-12 (Pavlovic 2-4, Moore 1-2, Dooling 1-3, Bradley 0-1, Pierce 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMiami 50 (Haslem 13), Boston 46 (Bass 8). AssistsMiami 20 (Chalmers 5), Boston 15 (Daniels 4). Total FoulsMiami 19, Boston 11. TechnicalsBoston defensive three second. A18,624 (18,624).

Thunder 118, Kings 110

SACRAMENTO (110): Outlaw 7-15 4-6 20, Thompson 9-11 4-6 22, Cousins 13-22 6-9 32, Thomas 3-10 4-4 11, Evans 8-13 2-2 18, Fredette 0-2 0-0 0, Hayes 1-1 0-0 2, Garcia 1-4 0-0 3, Greene 1-4 0-0 2, Honeycutt 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 43-82 20-27 110.

OKLAHOMA CITY (118): Durant 7-19 15-16 32, Ibaka 2-4 0-0 4, Perkins 4-8 2-2 10, Westbrook 4-13 5-6 13, Sefolosha 4-6 1-1 11, Collison 3-6 0-0 6, Fisher 4-6 3-3 11, Mohammed 2-3 0-0 4, Cook 6-11 3-4 19, Ivey 1-3 0-0 2, Aldrich 1-2 4-4 6. Totals 38-81 33-36 118.

Sacramento 40 19 27 24— 110

Oklahoma City 35 22 25 36— 118

3-Point GoalsSacramento 4-16 (Outlaw 2-6, Thomas 1-4, Garcia 1-4, Evans 0-1, Greene 0-1), Oklahoma City 9-20 (Cook 4-7, Durant 3-6, Sefolosha 2-3, Ivey 0-1, Fisher 0-1, Westbrook 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsSacramento 45 (Outlaw, Cousins 7), Oklahoma City 47 (Durant 9). AssistsSacramento 19 (Thomas 9), Oklahoma City 22 (Westbrook 6). Total FoulsSacramento 20, Oklahoma City 24. TechnicalsEvans, Sacramento defensive three second. A18,203 (18,203).

Hawks 109, Clippers 102

L.A. CLIPPERS (102): Butler 4-11 0-0 9, Griffin 17-23 2-4 36, Jordan 2-3 0-2 4, Paul 10-20 10-11 34, Foye 0-3 0-0 0, Martin 0-3 0-0 0, M. Williams 3-8 0-0 7, Young 2-5 0-0 5, Bledsoe 1-3 2-3 4, Thompkins 1-1 0-0 3. Totals 40-80 14-20 102.

ATLANTA (109): J.Johnson 10-17 2-3 28, Smith 8-17 2-3 18, Collins 1-1 0-0 2, Teague 7-12 6-6 21, Hinrich 3-5 0-0 8, I.Johnson 2-5 2-2 6, Ma.Williams 5-11 0-0 11, Pargo 1-7 0-0 2, McGrady 2-5 0-0 4, Green 4-6 0-0 9. Totals 43-86 12-14 109.

L.A. Clippers 28 22 22 30— 102

Atlanta 23 29 33 24— 109

3-Point GoalsL.A. Clippers 8-19 (Paul 4-6, Thompkins 1-1, Young 1-2, M. Williams 1-3, Butler 1-5, Foye 0-2), Atlanta 11-24 (J.Johnson 6-9, Hinrich 2-4, Green 1-1, Teague 1-2, Ma.Williams 1-3, Smith 0-1, Pargo 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsL.A. Clippers 40 (Jordan 9), Atlanta 51 (Smith 10). AssistsL.A. Clippers 18 (Paul 8), Atlanta 24 (Smith 5). Total FoulsL.A. Clippers 14, Atlanta 17. TechnicalsL.A. Clippers defensive three second, Atlanta defensive three second. A18,223 (18,729).

World Peace suspended seven games 04/24/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 12:01am]

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