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Knicks' Balkman suspended 1 game for flagrant foul vs. Lakers

NEW YORK -- Knicks forward Renaldo Balkman was suspended
without pay for Wednesday night's game against the Utah Jazz for
committing a flagrant foul against the Los Angeles Lakers' Sasha Vujacic.

Balkman was assessed the foul for throwing an elbow that hit
Vujacic in the jaw in the second quarter of the Lakers' 120-109 win
Tuesday. Besides the suspension, Balkman was assessed a flagrant
foul, penalty two, NBA executive vice president Stu Jackson said in
a press release Wednesday.

Vujacic, a 23-year-old guard from Slovenia, scored 12 of his 20
points in the fourth quarter to help the Lakers rally past New York
and snap a season-high three-game losing streak.

Balkman, a second-year reserve, is averaging 2.9 points and 2.8
rebounds.