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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Rodman Butts Ref, Ban Likely

YORK -- Chicago Bulls forward and resident head case Dennis Rodman will likely be suspended when the NBA decides the punishment for his behavior in a game at New Jersey that included head-butting a referee.


Rodman was ejected with 1:31 left in the first quarter Saturday after receiving his second technical foul of the game.


He then unleashed an obscenity-laden tirade at officials and proceeded to head-butt referee Ted Bernhardt above the left eye, which will almost surely result in a fine and lengthy suspension.


But Rodman was not finished. He then ripped his shirt off, stormed around the court and knocked over a water cooler as he headed to the locker room.


"The refs watch me instead of the game," complained Rodman, known for his offbeat behavior, tattoos and the ever-changing colors of his hair. Frequently in trouble in the past with his teams and the league, this is his first serious outburst this year.


NBA senior vice president Rod Thorn said a decision could come down Monday. Later Rodman challenged NBA officials to suspend him.


"If I butted him, I butted him," he said. "Suspend me. Rod Thorn ... suspend me, if you're so big."


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Embattled Denver guard Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf was soundly jeered as he stood for the playing of the national anthem, his hands clasped in prayer. And that may have been the highlight of his night as his Nuggets lost 108-87 to the Chicago Bulls on Friday in Chicago.


Abdul-Rauf, whose suspension was lifted Thursday when he agreed to end his protest and stand for the anthem as mandated by NBA rules, was booed for the majority of the first half by the United Center crowd, who waved American flags throughout the game.


The Denver guard said he was not bothered by the rough reception.


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Seattle and San Antonio are the first two teams in the Western Conference to clinch playoff spots. Seattle beat Dallas 120-97 on Friday to clinch and San Antonio beat Atlanta 119-92 on Saturday.


(For other results, see Scorecard.)