Crawford officiates first regular-season game since suspension

Updated: November 1, 2007, 7:32 AM ET
Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS -- Joey Crawford officiated his first NBA regular-season game Wednesday night since being suspended for the end of last season and the playoffs for improper on-court conduct.

Crawford worked Indiana's 119-110 overtime victory over Washington.

Commissioner David Stern suspended Crawford in April for the referee's conduct toward San Antonio's Tim Duncan. Crawford ejected Duncan from San Antonio's loss to Dallas after calling a second technical foul on the Spurs' star, who was laughing on the bench. Duncan contended the official challenged him to a fight.

Stern met with Crawford and reinstated him on Sept. 15 after a favorable professional evaluation. His preseason debut was in Indianapolis on Oct. 10.

Crawford enters his 32nd season as an NBA referee. He has officiated more than 2,000 games during the regular season and 266 in the playoffs, including 38 in the NBA Finals.


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