Friday , Jan , 13 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

NBA hands suspensions to Allen, Dooling

New York, NY (Sports Network) – The NBA announced suspensions Friday for
Seattle SuperSonics guard Ray Allen and Orlando Magic guard Keyon Dooling
after the two players brawled during a game in Seattle two nights earlier.

Dooling received a five-game penalty after attempting to continue the scuffle
in the hallway leading to the locker room following the ejections of both men.
Allen was levied a three-game suspension.

The nasty incident occurred early in the second quarter of the Sonics’ 113-104
victory.

Dooling first clipped Allen in the mouth with an elbow, which clearly
frustrated the Sonics All-Star.

Allen then fought through a Dooling screen, and on the other side of the
basket Dooling charged after the UConn alum and ran into Allen, who hit the
floor. As Dooling was standing above him, Allen picked up Dooling and two
crashed into the stands. As they were trying to be separated, Dooling was
throwing punches.

Dooling received a flagrant foul and the two were both given double
technicals.

Both players will begin serving their sentences on Friday, when Seattle hosts
Miami and Orlando visits Portland.

The Magic will also be without standout guard Steve Francis when they take the
court against the Trail Blazers. Orlando suspended the three-time All-Star
indefinitely on Thursday for conduct detrimental to the team.

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