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Pachulia and Richardson suspended one game for fighting


Atlanta Hawks center Zaza Pachulia (L) and Orlando Magic guard Jason Richardson confront each other in the second half of Game 3 of their NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference basketball game in Atlanta, Georgia April 22, 2011. REUTERS/Tami Chappell
Atlanta Hawks center Zaza Pachulia (L) and Orlando Magic guard Jason Richardson confront each other in the second half of Game 3 of their NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference basketball game in Atlanta, Georgia April 22, 2011. REUTERS/Tami Chappell

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Zaza Pachulia of the Atlanta Hawks and Orlando Magic's Jason Richardson have each been suspended one game for fighting in a protracted exchange during the playoffs, the NBA said on Saturday.

Pachulia and Richardson were both ejected late in Friday's 88-84 win at home by the Hawks in Game Three after an altercation triggered when Orlando's Dwight Howard swung his elbow after a foul.

Pachulia responded by swinging his elbow and then repeatedly head-butted Richardson after the Magic guard joined in.

Richardson countered by shoving Pachulia in the face before he was pulled away by Howard.

Pachulia and Richardson will each serve their suspensions on Sunday when the Hawks, who lead the best-of-seven series 2-1, host the Magic for Game Four.

(Writing by Mark Lamport-Stokes; Editing by Steve Keating)

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