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NBA suspends Ingram, Rondo, Paul in Lakers-Rockets dustup

Lakers teammates Brandon Ingram and Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul of the Rockets were suspended without pay Sunday for an on-court fight, with Paul taking the heaviest financial hit. Ingram was suspended four games, Rondo will sit out three games and Paul two games. The NBA handed down the punishments a day after the incident in the fourth quarter at Staples Center.

Mavs welcome Rondo

Monta Ellis equaled his season high with 38 points, including 11 during the final four minutes, to spark a late rally as the Dallas Mavericks beat the depleted San Antonio Spurs 99-93 Saturday in Rajon Rondo’s debut with the Mavericks. Ellis broke a 91-91 tie with a basket from the right corner that sailed over the corner of the backboard to give Dallas the lead for good. Rondo, the four-time All-Star who played his first eight-plus seasons with the Boston Celtics, finished with six points on 3-for-11 shooting. He had nine assists and seven rebounds. Acquired in a multi-player trade Thursday, he went into the game leading the league averaging 10.8 assists. Marco Belinelli led San Antonio with 21 points. WSU grad Aron Baynes added a career-high 16 points. – Associated Press

AP source: Celtics trade Rajon Rondo to Mavericks

The Celtics traded point guard Rajon Rondo to Dallas on Thursday night, cutting ties with the last remnant of Boston’s last NBA championship while giving Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks a chance at another title. The Celtics will send Rondo and forward Dwight Powell to Dallas for Jae Crowder, Brandan Wright, Jameer Nelson and two draft picks, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. Boston will acquire a first-round pick in next year’s draft and a second-rounder in 2016. The Celtics have eight first-round picks in the next four years. The Mavericks add a pass-first point guard – a four-time all-star – to team with Nowitzki, Monta Ellis and Chandler Parsons in what they hope will make them a contender again. Dallas is 19-8 this season and sixth in the Western Conference. – AP

Three stars

John Wall Had seven of his 31 points in overtime and added 10 assists with six rebounds in Wizards’ 96-94 win.

Celtics’ Rondo out for season with torn ACL

BOSTON – Paul Pierce sank the big basket in the Celtics double-overtime win over the NBA champions. Then he learned that star point guard Rajon Rondo would miss the rest of the season with a knee injury. “Everyone was really happy for the win,” Pierce said after Boston beat the Miami Heat 100-98 Sunday. “It brought a dark cloud in this room when you heard the news.”

Celtics G Rondo suspended two games after fight

Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo was suspended by the NBA for two games on Thursday for starting a scuffle (pictured) with Brooklyn Nets forward Kris Humphries. Rondo will miss tonight’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers and Sunday’s against the Bucks in Milwaukee. Celtics center Kevin Garnett was fined $25,000 for his role in the scuffle, and Nets forward Gerald Wallace was fined $35,000. Rondo was thrown out of Wednesday night’s 95-83 loss to the Nets in the second quarter when he shoved Humphries into the courtside seats after the Brooklyn forward knocked Garnett to the floor with a hard foul. What Rondo called a “pushing war” ensued, and Humphries and Wallace were also ejected. Associated Press

Newsmakers

Deal Boise State standout Kellen Moore has agreed to a free-agent deal with Detroit, giving the Lions someone to develop behind starter Matthew Stafford and backup Shaun Hill. Athletes First spokeswoman Savannah Wall confirmed the agreement after Moore wasn’t picked in last week’s NFL draft. Moore won 50 games in college, a Football Bowl Subdivision record for a starting quarterback, but wasn’t among the 253 players taken in the draft. Suspended The NBA announced that Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo has been suspended one game without pay in the opening-round playoff series against the Hawks after sticking out his chest to bump referee Marc Davis while disputing a foul call with 41 seconds left in Boston’s Game 1 loss at Atlanta. The NBA’s assist leader scored 20 points and dished out 11 assists before he was tossed, leaving Boston with a huge hole in its lineup. Second-year player Avery Bradley will likely take over at the point.

Newsmakers

Suspended Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo has been suspended two games without pay by the NBA for throwing a ball at an official during a game Sunday. Stu Jackson, the NBA’s executive vice president for basketball operations, announced the suspension one day after Rondo received two technical fouls and was ejected late in the third quarter of Boston’s 96-81 loss at the Detroit Pistons. Rondo was upset that a foul wasn’t called with about 3:00 left in the quarter and tossed the ball at referee Sean Wright. He followed that with a verbal barrage directed at Wright and was ejected from a game for the first time in his pro career. Signed The Chiefs agreed to terms on a $19.6 million, three-year deal with cornerback Stanford Routt, which should help Kansas City absorb the potential loss of Brandon Carr. The deal includes a $4 million signing bonus and $6 million the first season, a person with direct knowledge of the deal told the Associated Press. Routt is still owed $5 million next month from the Raiders, who released him after the first year of a $54.4 million, five-year deal. The $11 million Routt will make in 2012 puts him among the three highest-paid cornerbacks in the NFL.