Blakely: Recap of brawl between Celtics, Nets


Blakely: Recap of brawl between Celtics, Nets

BOSTON The outcome of the Boston Celtics game against the Brooklyn Nets didn't matter past halftime.
That's because this game will be most remembered for an incident with 29.5 seconds to play in the second quarter that ultimately led to the ejection of three players -- Boston's Rajon Rondo along with Brooklyn's Gerald Wallace and Kris Humphries.
Here's a recap of the incident that will likely involve at least one player (probably Rondo) having to serve some type of suspension.
With less than 30 seconds to play in the first half, Kevin Garnett tries to drive to the basket past Kris Humphries.
Humphries delivers a left-handed push in the middle of Garnett's chest, throwing him off balance and sending him to the floor.
Rajon Rondo approaches Humphries after the play and delivers a two-handed push.
Humphries retaliates.
The two get tangled up, but not before replays show what appears to be Rondo throwing multiple punches in Humphries' direction.
More players spill into the stands, including Paul Pierce and Brandon Bass. But neither player was actively involved in the incident.
Coaches from both teams make their way towards the incident, trying to separate the players.
Officials go to the scorer's table to review the incident.
They rule two technical fouls on Kris Humphries, an automatic ejection.
Wallace is called for one technical for the incident. Because it was his second of the game, he was ejected.
Rajon Rondo was then ejected for his role in the incident.
Garnett was whistled for a technical foul for his role in the incident.
Garnett, fouled on the play, made both of his free throws.
Nets coach Avery Johnson called a time-out after Garnett's free throws.
The second quarter resumed without incident, as the Nets went into halftime with a 51-38 lead.

Raiders' Marshawn Lynch suspended game for shoving official


Raiders' Marshawn Lynch suspended game for shoving official

NEW YORK - Oakland running back Marshawn Lynch was suspended for one game without pay by the NFL on Friday for shoving a game official during the Raiders' victory over Kansas City on Thursday night.

Lynch was ejected from the game after he shoved line judge Julian Mapp.

The scuffle started when Oakland quarterback Derek Carr was hit late on a run by Kansas City's Marcus Peters midway through the second quarter. Raiders offensive linemen Kelechi Osemele and Donald Penn immediately confronted Peters, and Lynch sprinted onto the field from the bench to join the fray. Mapp tried to break up the fight, but Lynch pushed him and grabbed his jersey. Lynch also got a personal foul.

NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runyan wrote a letter to Lynch, saying:

"You made deliberate physical contact with one of our game officials as he was diffusing an active confrontation between players. You were disqualified for your inappropriate and unsportsmanlike actions. Your conduct included pushing the game official and grabbing his jersey. ... You were not directly involved in the active confrontation that the game official was attempting to diffuse, nor were you a participant in the play that initiated the confrontation. You were the only player from either team who ran from the sideline to midfield to insert himself into a situation in which he was not directly involved."

Lynch will be eligible to return to Oakland's active roster on Oct. 30, the day after the Raiders' game against the Buffalo Bills.

Lynch finished the game with two carries for 9 yards.

The Raiders rallied to win 31-30 on a touchdown pass by Carr on the final play, and Lynch was in the locker room after the game congratulating his teammates.

Lynch came out of retirement this season and was traded from Seattle to the Raiders. Lynch said he wanted to make a comeback so he could give something back to his hometown of Oakland before the Raiders move to Las Vegas in 2020.

Lynch has rushed for 266 yards and two touchdowns in seven games.


Larkin provides fourth-quarter spark, Celtics beat Sixers, 102-92

Larkin provides fourth-quarter spark, Celtics beat Sixers, 102-92

PHILADELPHIA – Despite playing its second straight game without a key rotation player, the Boston Celtics did just enough to get their first win of the season, 102-92, over Philadelphia.

Boston (1-2) was led by Kyrie Irving’s game-high 21 points, but it was Shane Larkin's floor game down the stretch that truly catapulted Boston to its first win of the season.

Larkin, who was seeing action in large part because Marcus Smart was out with a left ankle injury, provided a huge spark in the fourth before finishing with 10 points and four assists.

He drained a 3-pointer that tied the game at 75-all, which was part of an 18-9 Celtics run.

The Sixers (0-2) were led by J.J. Redick and Jerryd Bayless who had 19 and 18 points, respectively. Joel Embiid got off to a slow start, but finished with a double-double of 11 points and 13 rebounds.

Boston played with a lead for most of the first half, but Philadelphia took over with a 7-0 run to end the second quarter and had the Celtics playing catch-up for all of the third and some of the fourth quarter.

Boston was once again short-handed, with Marcus Smart out with a left ankle injury. He replaced Gordon Hayward, whose left ankle injury in the first quarter of Boston’s loss to Cleveland on Tuesday, is expected to keep him sidelined for the rest of the season.

But with players out, that opens up opportunities for others to step up.

Larkin, who walked away from a contract overseas that would have paid about $5 million more than he’s making with the Celtics, was one of those players.

Aron Baynes, who got the start with Smart out, had 10 points and eight rebounds. Boston also got another strong game off the bench from Terry Rozier who had 14 points and seven rebounds