Harden is suspended for a game for kicking James
NEW YORK – The NBA suspended Houston star James Harden for one game without pay for kicking LeBron James in the groin.
The All-Stars and Olympic teammates became tangled in the third quarter of Houston's 105-103 victory over Cleveland on Sunday, and Harden fell to the court, then kicked his foot up into James.
An angry James said after the game that Harden's kick was "not a basketball play" and that the league would probably look at it.
Harden, the NBA's leading scorer and a top MVP candidate, won't play when the Rockets visit the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday.
•FIGHT, FIGHT: The host Miami Heat beat the Phoenix Suns 115-98 in a game that included two third-quarter altercations. Five player technicals, three ejections and two flagrant fouls were assessed in the third quarter alone, the 12 minutes of play needing 42 minutes to complete. Markieff Morris was ejected for a flagrant-2 foul, and Hassan Whiteside and Alex Len were tossed after getting tangled up under the Miami basket.
•RAPTORS REVIVED: DeMar DeRozan scored a season-high 35 points, and the Toronto Raptors stopped a five-game losing streak with a 114-103 win over the host Philadelphia 76ers..
•SURVIVING STEPH: Stephen Curry scored 18 points in the fourth quarter, but Jarrett Jack made a tiebreaking jumper with 1.1 seconds left and put the host Brooklyn Nets past Curry's Golden State Warriors. Curry finished with 26 points.
•BULLS LOSE BUTLER: Chicago Bulls All-Star guard Jimmy Butler will miss three to six weeks because of a sprained ligament in his left elbow.