NEW YORK, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Denver's Carmelo Anthony, the NBA's leading scorer, was suspended for 15 games and the Nuggets and New York Knicks were fined $500,000 for a 10-player brawl.
Anthony's suspension was the stiffest handed out by NBA Commissioner David Stern Monday. In all, seven players were ordered held out of a total of 47 games.
New York's Nate Robinson and Denver's J.R. Smith were each suspended for 10 games' the Knicks' Mardy Collins for six; New York's Jared Jeffries for four and New York's Jerome James and Denver's Nene for one game each.
Stern said the teams were each fined $500,000 because they "will be held accountable for the actions of their employees -- management and players alike."
Saturday night late in the fourth quarter and with Denver comfortably ahead, Collins was called for a flagrant foul against Smith. That set off a fight, in which Anthony allegedly threw a punch at Collins and several players joined in, punching and shoving. Several players ended up in the first row of seats near the Nuggets' basket. By the time referees sorted out the melee, 10 players had been ejected. Denver won the game 123-100.