Warriors' Mills suspended three games for fight, bus incident

Posted: December 23, 2002

Golden State Warriors forward Chris Mills was suspended for three games without pay by the NBA yesterday for fighting with Portland's Bonzi Wells after a game, going after him in the locker room and even blocking the Trail Blazers' bus.

"Chris Mills engaged in some actions at the conclusion of the game, and well after the conclusion of the game, that quite frankly we cannot accept and will not tolerate," NBA senior vice president Stu Jackson said.

Mills' suspension began with last night's game at Sacramento. He also will miss games against Toronto and the Los Angeles Clippers and will be eligible to return Dec. 30 against the 76ers.

Wells was suspended two games on Saturday by the league for throwing a punch at Mills after Friday night's game, which the Blazers won, 113-111, on Rasheed Wallace's last-second jumper. The altercation started a brawl involving players from both sides, and Wallace was fined $15,000 for trying to go after a fan who had thrown a wad of gum at him.

After the teams left the floor, Mills reportedly tried to get into the Blazers' locker room but was restrained. Later, witnesses said Mills parked his car in front of Portland's bus, then got out with several friends and challenged the Blazers.

"Guys were trying to break it up," Golden State's Jason Richardson said. "It was a bad scene, a lot of people could have got hurt. But the league looked at the tape, they saw what guys were trying to do. No one was out there looking for a fight."

Jackson said he took Mills' actions outside the locker room and by the bus into account when determining the length of the suspension.

In games yesterday:

* At Toronto, Kobe Bryant scored 31 points as the Los Angeles Lakers ended a three-game losing streak with a 109-107 victory over the Raptors.

* At Sacramento, Chris Webber had 20 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and four blocks as the Kings beat Golden State, 103-88.

* At Memphis, Karl Malone and Matt Harpring scored 17 points each as Utah beat the Grizzlies, 103-74.

* At New York, Eddie Jones scored 22 points and Mike James added a career-high 17 as Miami beat the Knicks, 92-84. *

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