Tuesday , Jan , 30 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Bryant serves suspension for hitting Ginobili

New York, NY (Sports Network) – LA Lakers guard Kobe Bryant missed
Tuesday’s 99-94 defeat to the New York Knicks after being suspended for one
game without pay by the NBA for hitting San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili
in the face in Sunday’s 96-94 overtime loss for the Lakers.

The incident occurred on LA’s final possession of regulation, when Bryant
pulled up for a potential game-winning jumper, with the game tied at 80.
Ginobili blocked the shot with 2.7 seconds left in the fourth quarter, and
Bryant extended his follow-through, in an attempt to draw a foul, and hit
Ginobili in the face in the process.

The Spurs guard fell to the floor, where he lay for a few seconds before
walking off the court. Ginobili recovered, and played in the extra session as
the Spurs completed the comeback victory.

Bryant finished with 31 points in the loss, LA’s fourth in five games. The
Lakers star is averaging 28.4 points, 5.5 assists and 5.4 rebounds this