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Tuesday, January 1, 2008
Odom suspended one game for flagrantly fouling Allen

Associated Press

Lamar Odom


Los Angeles Lakers


2008 Season Stats
26 14.1 8.9 2.3 .488 .670

NEW YORK -- Los Angeles Lakers forward Lamar Odom was suspended for one game without pay Tuesday for committing a flagrant foul in the fourth quarter of his team's 110-91 loss to the Boston Celtics.

Odom threw himself into Ray Allen and knocked the Boston guard to the floor with 2:56 remaining Sunday night and the outcome already decided. Besides the suspension, Odom was assessed a flagrant foul, penalty two, NBA executive vice president Stu Jackson said in a press release.

Odom, who had 14 points and 10 rebounds in the one-sided loss to Boston, will serve his suspension Friday night when the Lakers (19-11) play the Philadelphia 76ers (14-17).

Allen said the foul was "uncalled for."

"I've never had any bad history with Lamar," Allen said Tuesday. "After the play happened, a couple of his teammates came back on the floor and just wanted to make sure I was all right. ... It was just uncalled for."

Celtics coach Doc Rivers thought Odom was angry because he didn't get a foul call on the previous play.

"I just thought he [Odom] lost his composure," Rivers said. "I didn't think it was intended at Ray. Whoever had the ball was getting that. It wasn't anything personal. Odom's a good kid, a good guy."