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Friday, Jan. 29, 2010

Stern suspends pair

The Wizards' Arenas, Crittenton done for season

NEW YORK (AP) When Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton brought their dispute to work, they needed to leave the guns home.

Instead, the Washington Wizards guards became the first players to violate NBA rules prohibiting firearms on team property, and commissioner David Stern suspended both without pay for the remainder of the season Wednesday.

Stressing that guns in the workplace "will not be tolerated," Stern delivered the punishment after meeting with Arenas earlier Wednesday, and with Crittenton a day before. Arenas already had been suspended indefinitely by Stern on Jan. 6.

"We have preached to (players) in writing and actually in person on this very subject and nevertheless they brandished firearms and that just can't be tolerated," Stern said on a conference call. "And if there's any doubt to any of our players about it in the future, we will be dealing with this in an even more severe way."

Both players admitted bringing a gun or guns into the Wizards' locker room — violating a provision added to the collective bargaining agreement in 2005 — after a dispute stemming from a card game on a team flight. Stern said the players expressed remorse, but added, "nevertheless, there is no justification for their conduct."

Spurs trounce Hawks

SAN ANTONIO (AP) The San Antonio Spurs snapped a three-game losing streak by blowing out one of the best teams in the league.

Plenty of reason to feel good about that, but the Spurs could hardly celebrate because on the way to beating the Atlanta Hawks 105-90 on Wednesday night, Tony Parker sprained his left ankle and it's uncertain how long he'll be out.

"We're going to have to adjust to it," said Tim Duncan, who grabbed a career-high 27 rebounds and scored 21 points.

Nets 103, Clippers 87

In East Rutherford, N.J., Kris Humphries scored a career-high 25 points and the Nets (4-40) avoided the worst 44-game start in NBA history with a win over Los Angeles.

Hornets 123, Warriors 110

In Oakland, Chris Paul scored 38 points to lead five New Orleans starters in double figures and the Hornets beat Golden State for its fourth win in five games.

Nuggets 97, Rockets 92

In Houston, J.R. Smith scored 22 points, Kenyon Martin added 12 points and 15 rebounds and Denver extended its winning streak to eight games.

Cavaliers 109, T-Wolves 95

In Cleveland, J.J. Hickson scored a career-high 23, LeBron James added 11 assists and the Cavs finally won comfortably after a string of nail-biters.

Bulls 96, Thunder 86

In Oklahoma City, Derrick Rose scored 26 points, Joakim Noah added 13 points and 11 rebounds and Chicago won its fourth straight road game.

Lakers 118, Pacers 96

In Indianapolis, Kobe Bryant scored 29 points and Andrew Bynum added a season-high 27 to lead Los Angeles.

Raptors 111, Heat 103

In Toronto, Chris Bosh had 24 points and a season-high 18 rebounds, Andrea Bargnani scored 27 points and the hosts beat Miami.

Grizzlies 99, Pistons 93

In Auburn Hills, Mich., Marc Gasol scored eight of his 25 points in the final two minutes as Memphis beat Detroit.

Bucks 91, 76ers 88

In Milwaukee, rookie Brandon Jennings scored 18 points, hitting a 3.6-meter shot with 22 seconds left, and the Bucks snapped a six-game losing streak against Philadelphia.

Jazz 106, Blazers 95

In Portland, Deron Williams scored 24 points and Utah scored 21 of the first 23 points and went to beat the Blazers.

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