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BYNUM APOLOGY, SUSPENSION

Lakers center Andrew Bynum expressed remorse for his flagrant foul on Mavericks guard J.J. Barea during Sunday's Game 4, which finished Dallas' sweep of Los Angeles. Bynum will be suspended for five games next season. The league also fined him $25,000 for ripping off his jersey while heading to the locker room, so the suspension will cost Bynum more than $700,000. Bynum said, "I want to actually apologize to J.J. Barea for doing that. ... All I can say is, I've looked at (a replay), it's terrible, and it definitely won't be happening again."

EXECUTIVE HONOR: Heat president Pat Riley and Bulls general manager Gar Forman shared the league's executive of the year award. Each received 11 votes; one executive from each of the 30 teams voted.

PACERS: Larry Bird is staying as team president after meeting with owner Herb Simon in Los Angeles. Bird, a Hall of Fame player with Boston, was in the final year of his contract.

WARRIORS: The team plans to interview former Cavaliers coach Mike Brown and Mavericks assistant Dwane Casey for its coaching job, ESPN.com and the Contra Costa (Calif.) Times reported. The post might not be filled before the draft, June 23.

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Triple play

Oklahoma City's win over Memphis on Monday was the sixth NBA playoff game to go triple overtime:

Year.........Round.......................................Teams........................................Winner

2011........Conference semifinals.................Thunder at Grizzlies.....................Thunder

2009........First round.................................Celtics at Bulls.............................Bulls*

2004........Conference semifinals.................Nets at Pistons.............................Nets*

1993........Finals.........................................Suns at Bulls...............................Suns*

1976........Finals.........................................Suns at Celtics............................Celtics

1953........Division semifinals......................Nationals at Celtics.......................Celtics (4OT)

* Team lost series

Source: ESPN

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