Zach Randolph, the Memphis Grizzlies' leading scorer, will not play in Game 7 of the first-round playoff series against the Oklahoma City Thunder after the NBA announced on Friday that he has been suspended one game for punching Steven Adams.
Rod Thorn, the NBA's president of basketball operations, released the news on nba.com.
Randolph struck the Thunder center in the jaw after he had elbowed Adams in the torso during a play with 6 minutes 42 seconds left in the fourth quarter of Game 6 on Thursday night.
Oklahoma City was well on its way to winning the game, 104-84, in Memphis to force a deciding Game 7 on Saturday night.
Randolph has been leading the Grizzlies with 18.2 points a game during the series against Oklahoma City. He made seven of 14 shots and finished Game 6 with 16 points, eight rebounds and one assist.
The 6-foot-9, 12-year veteran from Michigan State averaged 17.2 points. 10.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists a game this season.
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