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NBA suspends 11 players from Pistons-Magic scuffle


NEW YORK (AP) — Detroit guard Killian Hayes and Orlando’s Moritz Wagner were each given multi-game suspensions for his or her roles in a scuffle, while the NBA suspended eight Magic players one game apiece Thursday for leaving the bench area during an altercation.

Hayes, who struck Wagner at the back of the top, was given a three-game suspension without pay. Wagner was banned two games and the Pistons’ Hamidou Diallo was suspended one game by NBA executive vice chairman Joe Dumars — the previous Pistons star player and executive.

The fallout from the game in Detroit on Wednesday night was so large that the suspensions of the Magic players will probably be staggered so that they have enough available players to play their next game.

Cole Anthony, R.J. Hampton, Gary Harris, Kevon Harris, Admiral Schofield, Franz Wagner, Mo Bamba and Wendell Carter Jr. were all suspended one game.

Wagner hip-checked Hayes into the Detroit bench to start the altercation. Hayes got up and hit him within the back, and Wagner appeared to briefly be knocked out. Magic players then rushed off their bench area in concern for his or her teammate.

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Anthony, Bamba, Carter Hampton and Gary Harris will serve their suspensions Friday against Washington. Kevon Harris, Schofield and Franz Wagner will probably be suspended for Orlando’s following game Jan. 4 in Oklahoma City

The 11 suspensions will end in just over $500,000 in forfeited salary. Hayes will lose probably the most, about $121,000.

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