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NBA suspends 11 players after Pistons-Magic scuffle

/ 02:04 PM December 30, 2022

Killian Hayes #7 of the Detroit Pistons brings the ball up court during the second half against the Charlotte Hornets at Spectrum Center on December 14, 2022 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Killian Hayes #7 of the Detroit Pistons brings the ball up court during the second half against the Charlotte Hornets at Spectrum Center on December 14, 2022 in Charlotte, North Carolina. David Jensen/Getty Images/AFP 

The NBA suspended Detroit Pistons guard Killian Hayes for three games and Orlando Magic center Moritz Wagner for two games on Thursday, with nine other players handed one-match suspensions following a mass scuffle during a game a day earlier.

Pistons guard Hamidou Diallo was given a one-game ban and eight Magic players will also serve suspensions of that duration.

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Guards Cole Anthony, R.J. Hampton, Gary Harris and Kevon Harris; forwards Admiral Schofield and Franz Wagner; and centers Mo Bamba and Wendell Carter Jr have each been suspended for one game.

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Wagner, Hayes and Diallo were all ejected after a shoving match that had both benches fired up in the second quarter of the Pistons’ 121-101 victory over the Magic.

The Pistons were up by nine when the incident was sparked by Magic forward Wagner, who shoved Hayes off the court as he chased a loose ball down the sideline.

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Diallo raced in and pushed Wagner from behind, then Hayes hit Wagner in the back of the head, sending him sprawling into the Pistons bench.

Hayes will begin his three-game suspension and Diallo will serve his one-game suspension Friday when the Pistons visit the Chicago Bulls at United Center.

Wagner’s two-game suspension will begin Friday when the Magic plays host to the Washington Wizards at Amway Center.

The one-game suspensions issued to the eight Magic players for leaving the bench area during an altercation will be served on a staggered basis to ensure, per league rule, that Orlando has eight healthy players available to play in its next two games.

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