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NBA suspends forward for hitting Anderson

Updated: March 19, 2004, 1:11 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

NEW YORK -- The Indiana Pacers will be without starting forward Ron Artest when they host the Sacramento Kings Friday night.

The NBA suspended Artest for one game without pay for elbowing Portland's Derek Anderson in the face during Wednesday night's 80-71 win at Conseco Fieldhouse. The incident occurred with 8:18 remaining in the third quarter.

Artest, who is averaging 17.9 points and 5.2 rebounds in 60 games, will also receive a flagrant foul penalty as a result of his actions. ...

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