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Buss fined $25K, suspended 2 games for drunken driving

LOS ANGELES -- Lakers owner Jerry Buss has been suspended
for two games and fined $25,000 by NBA commissioner David Stern in
conjunction with Buss' conviction on a misdemeanor drunken driving
charge.

Buss was not at Staples Center when the Lakers opened their
season with a 95-93 loss to the Houston Rockets on Tuesday. He will
finish the suspension by missing Los Angeles' game in Phoenix on
Friday night.

Buss, 74, was arrested in May in Carlsbad and pleaded no contest
to the drunken driving charge on Sept. 4. He was placed on five
years' probation and fined $1,900.

He also was ordered to take part in a first-conviction program
and attend a program administered by Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Buss said in a statement afterward, "I was wrong to do it. It
was a mistake I will not make again."

Buss owns a home in San Diego County, where Carlsbad is
located.