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Kobe given flagrant foul 1 for hit

Updated: May 8, 2009, 8:07 AM ET
By Chris Sheridan | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- No contact with the neck, no suspension.

That's why Kobe Bryant will be playing in Game 3 of the Houston Rockets-Los Angeles Lakers series.

The NBA ruled Thursday that Bryant committed a flagrant foul 1 with his elbow to the upper body of Houston's Ron Artest during Wednesday night's Rockets-Lakers game, a penalty that does not carry an automatic suspension.

"In this case had he made contact in his head area, certainly we'd be evaluating it on a different level," ...

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