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Hardaway suspended two games

March 16, 2002 at 6:53 PM   |   Comments

NEW YORK, March 16 (UPI) -- Tim Hardaway's television tossing tantrum will cost him two games.

The Denver Nuggets guard was ejected midway through the third quarter of Friday night's 124-102 loss in Orlando and, as he was headed to the locker room, opted to fling a television monitor 30 feet onto the court.

Less than 24 hours later, the league suspended Hardaway for two games and fined him $10,000.

"I was thinking of throwing a TV out there," Hardaway said Friday night. "I was in the right frame of mind. I said, 'I need to throw this TV and get all this frustration out of me."

"Tim got a little frustrated with the way the game was going, the fouls that took place," Denver Coach Mike Evans said following the game. "He reacted, and he could've handled it better. He's a very passionate and emotional guy about the game and stuff like that happens."

Orlando's Darrell Armstrong, who earlier had been assessed a double technical with Hardaway for trash-talking, returned the monitor to its place on press row.

After the game, Hardaway and Armstrong both signed the screen of the TV, which will be auctioned off to benefit the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation.

"(Referee) Marc (Davis) has a history with me and doesn't like to call fouls for me when there's a foul," Hardaway said. "He always is talking smack to me and not doing the right thing, what he's supposed to do. He saw the guy (Monty Williams) talking (garbage) to me. Instead of giving him a technical like he's supposed to have done, he didn't.

"The same way with (referee) Tommy Nunez. Instead of giving Darrell a technical foul because Darrell walked in my face and started talking (garbage), they gave both of us a tech."

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