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Williamson Gets a Truly Late-Game Suspension

Monday, April 11, 2005; Page D06

Kings F Corliss Williamson was suspended one game by the NBA yesterday for hitting Trail Blazers C Joel Przybilla in the head.

He missed yesterday's game against the Lakers, but he didn't find out about the suspension until he already had begun to warm up before the Kings' 124-105 victory in Sacramento.

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Williamson knocked down Przybilla in the fourth quarter of the Kings' 119-115 win Friday. Przybilla got up and shouted at Williamson, and the two had to be restrained by teammates. Williamson was called for a flagrant foul.

NBA officials left a message about Williamson's suspension on Geoff Petrie's voice mail yesterday, but the Kings' president of basketball operations was traveling home, so the team didn't hear about the suspension until Petrie got off his plane. "They have all our cell phone numbers," a disgusted Coach Rick Adelman said.

• SPURS DOWN A MAN: The Spurs placed C Rasho Nesterovic on the injured list with a left ankle sprain before their game last night with the Warriors.

Nesterovic, averaging 5.9 points and 6.6 rebounds, scored eight points in 20 minutes in the Spurs' 125-124 double-overtime victory over the Clippers on Saturday night.

Linton Johnson, who has played in only one game this season because of a stress fracture in his left knee, was activated from the injured list to take Nesterovic's spot.

• MOURNING FILLS IN: Alonzo Mourning replaced injured Shaquille O'Neal against the champion Pistons yesterday in Miami, starting for the Heat for the first time since January 2002. He finished with 10 points, a season-high 14 rebounds and 5 blocked shots -- but struggled from the field, shooting 3 for 12.

"Defensively, he was great. His effort was fantastic. He's a warrior. Plays as hard as he can," Coach Stan Van Gundy said. "Offensively, obviously, he had a major struggle."

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