NBA suspends Jordan Hamilton a game for hitting Thunder's Steven Adams

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The NBA has suspended Denver Nuggets swingman Jordan Hamilton for punching Oklahoma City Thunder big man Steven Adams.

Denver Nuggets swingman Jordan Hamilton has been suspended one game by the NBA for throwing a punch and making contact with the shoulder of Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams. Hamilton will miss a game against the Phoenix Suns on Friday night without pay.

In Denver's 105-93 loss to Oklahoma City on Tuesday, Hamilton chased after an offensive rebound with his team trailing 75-65, but was shouldered by a pivoting Adams as the Thunder pushed the ball the other way. Hamilton seemingly took it as a dirty play and reacted to running into the rookie big man by swinging his right fist into Adam's right shoulder. The Nuggets' swingman was ejected after a flagrant 2 foul was called, and he finished the game with four points and five rebounds.

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Hamilton has grown into an important piece off the bench for first-year head coach Brian Shaw. The third-year gunner is averaging 8.6 points and 4.1 rebounds per game while hitting 38.6 percent of his three-point shots.

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