Dooling and Allen suspended for fighting

NEW YORK -- Orlando guard Keyon Dooling was suspended for five games without pay and Seattle guard Ray Allen three for fighting during Wednesday's game, the NBA announced Friday.

Dooling and Allen were ejected during the second quarter of the
SuperSonics' 113-104 win after Dooling went running at Allen and
pushed him to the ground. Allen got up and tackled Dooling into the
first row of seats along the sideline and onto some fans.

The two briefly scuffled and television replays showed Dooling throwing a punch at Allen that did not connect. The two were
eventually separated, with Orlando's Stacey Augmon pulling Allen
away from Dooling.

"I'm in complete agreement with it," Seattle coach Bob Hill
said before Friday's game against Miami. "I thought that [Allen]
was a little bit of a victim in that and perhaps if it had not gone
into the stands it would have been a little bit different, but it
did. So, we've got to live with it."

Underneath the stands, Dooling briefly ran toward the Sonics
locker room and was seen yelling at Allen, but team officials and
police kept the two apart.

Allen had caught a glancing blow across the chin from Dooling on
an earlier rebound, and appeared to elbow the Magic guard before
the fight occurred.

The NBA said Dooling got five games for "fighting with and
attempting to confront Seattle SuperSonics guard Ray Allen in the
hallway following his ejection."

Dooling will start his suspension Friday night when the Magic
visit the Portland Trail Blazers. Allen will also begin serving his
suspension Friday when the SuperSonics host the Miami Heat.

Allen will not go with Seattle on its two-game road swing
beginning Saturday night in Los Angeles against the Clippers, Hill
said. The Sonics play Golden State on Monday and Allen will work
out at home while the team is away.

Dooling played for Miami last season, and Heat coach Pat Riley
was surprised to learn the extent of the altercation.

"I never saw that in him," Riley said. "He's very competitive
but I'm a little surprised it went that far."

At Orlando's shootaround Friday morning at Portland's Rose
Garden Arena, Dooling acknowledged he was wrong, especially for the
confrontation after leaving the court.

"I deserve that, bottom line," he said.