NBA: Lakers' Young banned one game for swinging a punch

NEW YORK (AFP) - Los Angeles Lakers guard Nick Young has been suspended one game without pay for throwing a punch at Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic, the Nationa Basketball Association (NBA) announced on Thursday.

Young swung his fist at the Slovenian with 7:33 remaining in the second quarter of the Lakers' 121-114 loss at Phoenix on Wednesday.

NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn said Young will miss the Lakers' visit to Boston on Friday as a result of the suspension.

The league also fined centre Alex Len, a 7-foot-1 centre from Ukraine who was ejected for his flagrant foul against Young, a total of US$15,000 (S$19,079) and fined Suns forward Marcus Morris US$25,000 for escalating the altercation.

The Lakers slid to 14-25, the second-worst record in the Western Conference, with their sixth loss in a row with the defeat while the Suns improved to 22-16, seventh in the Western Conference just ahead of Dallas (23-17).

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