NBA Suspends Miami Heat’s Chris Andersen For Game 6

Source: Brian Windhorst / ESPN

INDIANAPOLIS — The NBA suspended Miami Heat center Chris Andersen for Saturday’s Game 6 against the Indiana Pacers after an altercation with Pacers forward Tyler Hansbrough in Game 5 on Thursday night.

Without apparently being provoked, Andersen body-checked Hansbrough to the floor after Heat teammate Norris Cole missed a layup in transition during the second quarter of the Heat’s eventual 90-79 victory, which gave them a 3-2 series lead.

Andersen then confronted Hansbrough, bumped him in the chest and struggled with official Marc Davis when Davis came to break up the altercation.

Officials gave technical fouls to both players and called Andersen for a flagrant foul 1 for the initial altercation. NBA vice president Stu Jackson upgraded the foul to a flagrant foul 2 and added the suspension without pay because Andersen “escalated the altercation by shoving Hansbrough, and resisted efforts to bring the altercation to an end,” according to a league release.

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