Heat's Pittman, Haslem suspended

May 23, 2012 at 7:52 PM
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NEW YORK, May 23 (UPI) -- Dexter Pittman and Udonis Haslem of the Miami Heat have been suspended for incidents during a playoff game against Indiana, the NBA said Wednesday.

Pittman, a reserve center, was given a three-game penalty for throwing an elbow into the neck of the Pacers' Lance Stephenson near the end of Miami's 115-83 victory Tuesday in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Referees called Pittman for a second-degree flagrant foul for the hit on Stephenson, who had been seen miming a choking gesture during Game 3 when the Heat's LeBron James missed a free throw.

Haslem drew a one-game suspension for striking the head of Pacers forward Tyler Hansbrough.

Hansbrough drew a flagrant foul for striking the head of the Heat's Dwyane Wade during the Tuesday incident, but escaped league suspension.

Pittman and Haslem will miss Thursday's Game 6 of the series, which Miami leads 3-games-to-2.

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