NBA: Blazers’ Leonard, 76ers' Orton suspended over scuffle

Philadelphia 76ers centre Daniel Orton (33) passing the ball under pressure from Portland Trail Blazers centre Meyers Leonard (11) during the fourth quarter at the Wells Fargo Centre on Sunday, Dec 14, 2013. Both players were suspended for one game b
Philadelphia 76ers centre Daniel Orton (33) passing the ball under pressure from Portland Trail Blazers centre Meyers Leonard (11) during the fourth quarter at the Wells Fargo Centre on Sunday, Dec 14, 2013. Both players were suspended for one game by the NBA for a scuffle. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK (AFP) – Portland Trail Blazers centre Meyers Leonard and Philadelphia 76ers centre Daniel Orton were both suspended for one game by the NBA for a scuffle during a game on Saturday, Dec 14, 2013.

The altercation occurred during the fourth quarter of the Trail Blazers’ 139-105 victory, when Leonard slammed Orton to the court as they jockeyed for position.

Orton retaliated with an elbow to Leonard’s mouth.

Leonard served his penalty on Sunday, sitting out Portland’s 111-109 overtime win at Detroit.

Damian Lillard was the hero for Portland in that one.

The second-year point guard hit the game-winning jump shot with less than a second left in overtime.

With the score knotted at 109-109, Lillard drove the lane, spun right and drained the shot.

Philadelphia were idle on Sunday, so Orton will miss the 76ers’ game at Brooklyn on Monday.