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NBA hands down swift suspensions

NEW YORK -- Denver forward Nene and Minnesota center
Michael Olowokandi were each suspended four games Saturday by the NBA for
fighting.

The two squared off late in the third quarter of the
Timberwolves' 93-83 victory in Denver on Friday night.

Olowokandi bumped Nene twice as they fought for a rebound at
Minnesota's end with 7.1 seconds left in the quarter, then Nene
pushed him away. Olowokandi followed by pushing Nene in the face,
and the Nuggets' forward charged in throwing punches, landing one
to the side of Olowokandi's head.

The players flailed at each other for several seconds in front
of the scorer's table before being separated and escorted from the
floor.

Nuggets forward Marcus Camby and center Francisco Elson were
also suspended one game each for leaving the bench area during the
altercation.

Olowokandi was to begin serving his suspension Saturday night
against Portland.

Nene will begin serving his suspension Monday night, when Denver
plays at Golden State. Camby and Elson will also serve their
suspensions Monday night.