Blazers' Meyers Leonard, Sixers' Daniel Orton suspended one game

By Zach Harper | NBA writer

Orton and Leonard will not be allowed to play in their next game. (USATSI)
Daniel Orton and Meyers Leonard will not be allowed to play in their next game. (USATSI)

During the blowout win by the Portland Trail Blazers over the Philadelphia 76ers Saturday night, we had a kerfuffle in the fourth quarter when the game was already well-decided. With the Blazers up 126-92 in the middle of the fourth, Daniel Orton and Meyers Leonard got tangled up in a battle for post position. One thing led to another and all of a sudden Leonard had thrown Orton to the ground, followed by Orton elbowing Leonard in the mouth.

The NBA wasn't happened with this scuffle and have suspended both Orton and Leonard one game a piece without pay. From the NBA:

Portland center Meyers Leonard and Philadelphia 76ers center Daniel Orton have each been suspended one game without pay after Leonard initiated an altercation by body-slamming Orton to the floor, and Orton retaliated by elbowing Leonard in the mouth. The incident occurred with 7:19 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Trail Blazers' 139-105 win over the 76ers on Saturday, Dec. 14, at Wells Fargo Center.

You can watch video of the scuffle here.

The Blazers' next game is Sunday night against the Detroit Pistons and the Sixers' next game is Monday night against the Brooklyn Nets. It's expected that both players will serve their respective suspensions in those games.

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