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Kings’ Rajon Rondo suspended one game by the NBA

Sacramento Kings guard Rajon Rondo (9) goes to the basket against Boston Celtics forward Amir Johnson (90) on Thursday, December 3, 2015 at Mexico City Arena in Mexico City.
Sacramento Kings guard Rajon Rondo (9) goes to the basket against Boston Celtics forward Amir Johnson (90) on Thursday, December 3, 2015 at Mexico City Arena in Mexico City. hamezcua@sacbee.com

Kings point guard Rajon Rondo has been suspended for one game without pay, the NBA announced Friday.

Rondo will miss Tuesday’s game against the Houston Rockets at Sleep Train Arena.

Rondo was suspended, according to the NBA, for “directing a derogatory and offensive term towards a game official and not leaving the court in a timely manner upon his ejection” last Thursday during the Kings’ loss to the Boston Celtics in Mexico City.

Rondo was assessed two technical fouls and ejected by official Bill Kennedy with 6:30 left in the third quarter.

Rondo had eight assists but only five points in the 114-97 loss. “It put a punch on our ability to have a comeback,” Kings coach George Karl said after the game. “Rajon’s been our motor; he’s been our engine.”

The NBA normally is quick to announce discipline, but the Kings have played four games since the incident because of the length of the investigation by the NBA.

Rondo is averaging a league-best 11 assists and is averaging 12.6 points and 6.9 rebounds. The Kings signed Rondo as a free agent in July to a one-year, $9.5 millon contract.

Darren Collison will start for Rondo against the Rockets.

Meanwhile, The Associated Press reported that the NBA says Carmelo Anthony was fouled by Rondo as he took the last shot in the New York Knicks’ two-point loss in Sacramento on Thursday night. Anthony’s shot from 28 feet that would have won the game missed as the Knicks lost 99-97.

Jason Jones: @mr_jasonjones, read more about the team at sacbee.com/kings.

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