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NBA suspends Trey Lyles, fines Brook Lopez following altercatio­n in Kings-Bucks game

- Jason Anderson

The NBA has suspended Kings forward Trey Lyles and fined Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez following their altercatio­n in Monday’s game at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento.

NBA executive vice president and head of basketball operations Joe Dumars announced Lyles has been suspended one game without pay and Lopez has been fined $25,000 for their roles in the fracas. Lyles will serve his suspension when the Kings face the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday at United Center.

The altercatio­n occurred in the final seconds of the Bucks’ 133-124 victory over the Kings on Monday. While dribbling out the clock, two-time MVP Giannis Antetokoun­mpo crossed directly in front of Lyles, creating unnecessar­y contact. That led to a confrontat­ion between Lyles and Lopez, both of whom were ejected.

“The incident began when Lyles fouled and then pushed Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokoun­mpo in the back,” the NBA said in a written statement. “Lopez escalated the situation by confrontin­g Lyles. Lyles further escalated the situation by striking Lopez in the face and grabbing and holding Lopez around the neck area.”

Lyles has played a key role off the bench for the Kings (40-27), who are closing in on their first playoff appearance since 2006. He is averaging 7.9 points and 3.9 rebounds while shooting 48.5% from the field and 37.6% from 3-point range.

Lopez is a leading Defensive Player of the Year candidate for the Bucks (50-19). He is averaging 15.5 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.5 blocked shots.

Lyles shared his view of the altercatio­n

following Monday’s game.

“It could have been avoided if you just dribble it out, but if you watch, I was just walking back with my head down and (Antetokoun­mpo) crossed in front of me, reached from behind, kind of clamped down on my arm, so I pushed to get my arm off,” Lyles said. “He sold it a little bit. It was nothing personal, but a bigger guy walks down on me, I’m not really one for talking. I think it takes a lot for me to get out of character and I’m just not going to go for that.”

Lopez said he was just standing up for his teammate.

“That’s all I was doing,” Lopez said. “The game was over. Giannis was just dribbling out the clock. I don’t know what that guy was doing, messing with Giannis, doing too much. Like I said, the game was already over, so I just wanted to go out there and protect my guy.”

 ?? PAUL KITAGAKI JR./THE SACRAMENTO BEE ?? Kings forward Trey Lyles, left, and Bucks center Brook Lopez fight in Sacramento on Monday.
PAUL KITAGAKI JR./THE SACRAMENTO BEE Kings forward Trey Lyles, left, and Bucks center Brook Lopez fight in Sacramento on Monday.

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