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Three fined, two suspended for Rockets-Kings fracas

Jan 13, 2023; Sacramento, California, USA; Houston Rockets guard Garrison Mathews (25) is confronted by Sacramento Kings guard Malik Monk (0) during the fourth quarter at Golden 1 Center. Both players were ejected from the game. Mandatory Credit: Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA suspended two players and fined three others Sunday for their roles in Friday night’s on-court altercation between the Houston Rockets and host Sacramento Kings.

Rockets guard Jalen Green and forward Jae’sean Tate were each suspended one game for leaving the bench area.

Houston guard Garrison Mathews ($35,000) and forward Tari Eason ($30,000) and Kings guard Malik Monk ($25,000) were fined.

Mathews initiated the altercation and taunted Monk, who reciprocated in kind. Eason escalated the incident and made inadvertent contact with an official.

The incident occurred with 11:09 left in the Kings’ 139-114 victory. It began when Mathews fouled Monk as they were pursuing a loose ball. Both were assessed technical fouls and ejected.

Green and Tate will serve their suspensions Sunday when the Rockets visit the Los Angeles Clippers.

–Field Level Media