NEW YORK (AP) — Kobe Bryant was suspended one game by the NBA on Wednesday for striking a player in the face, his second penalty for that action in a little more than a month. The most recent incident came with 58 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of the Lakers’ 117-107 double-overtime loss to Minnesota on Tuesday night, when Bryant struck the Timberwolves’ Marko Jaric after taking a shot. The play was similar to one that drew Bryant a suspension late in January, when he hit San Antonio’s Manu Ginobili in the face after taking a shot. NBA executive vice president Stu Jackson determined that play to have been an unnatural basketball action and suspended Bryant from a game at New York. Bryant, second in the NBA with 29.2 points per game, will miss the Lakers’ game at Milwaukee on Wednesday night. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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