Ibaka receives one-game ban, DeRozan fined

Ross Houston
January 13, 2018

He will miss the Raptors game Thursday against Cleveland.

BULLS 122, KNICKS 119, 2OT: In New York, Rookie Lauri Markkanen scored a season-high 33 points, Kris Dunn shook off a nightmarish shooting night to make the tiebreaking basket in the second overtime, and Chicago beat New York.

After a solid season with the Heat a year ago, Ellington is having his best season in 2017-18 and on Tuesday night, he helped the Heat improve to 23-17 with his game-winning basket.

The short-handed Miami Heat were too much for the Pacers to handle as they topped IN 114-106 and snapped the Blue & Gold's ideal homestand.


Problem is, the Raptors are not expected to send their best unit onto the floor, so using the upcoming games as a litmus test for their own progress will be hard. Kyle Lowry is already day-to-day with a back injury.

Serge Ibaka and James Johnson have each received a one-game suspension as a result of their altercation Tuesday night.

The league also fined Toronto's DeMar DeRozan $25,000 USA and Miami's Goran Dragic $10,000 for a short post-game brouhaha "during which DeRozan attempted to forcefully shove Dragic with an open hand".

-The Heat now own the fourth-best record in the Eastern Conference, one game ahead of the 23-18 Washington Wizards.


Ellington then made a tough layup to give the Heat a 90-89 lead with just 0.3 seconds left, eventually becoming the game-winner. He has 12 30-point performances overall this season. That's a marked increase from the 24.8 per cent of overall scoring from long-distance shots previous year.

The guard's play could earn him a spot at the NBA's All-Star Weekend in the three-point shooting contest. On the season, Miami has been defeated by an average of 1.3 points.

"They hit some tough shots", Oladipo said. And behind them, there really aren't any great teams. Defensively, also they're pretty good.

In games where they allow under 100 points, IN is 11-1 and Miami is 14-3.


They have put together a group largely made up of cast-offs from other teams, former D-League players or youngsters they've drafted in recent years. Ibaka was also suspended for a game last season for trying to slug Chicago's Robin Lopez during a game at the Air Canada Centre. Thomas came from the Boston Celtics during the off-season in a big trade involving Kyrie Irving.

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