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Grizzlies’ Vince Carter ejected after elbowing Suns’ Devin Booker

Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, in Denver. The Nuggets won 127-120.
Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, in Denver. The Nuggets won 127-120. AP

NBA veteran Vince Carter was ejected from the Memphis Grizzlies’ game Tuesday night against the Phoenix Suns after appearing to hit second-year star Devin Booker in the face with an elbow.

Booker, who starred in college at Kentucky, had hacked at the ball just before Carter drove to the basket and threw the elbow. The play happened with 3:54 to go in the first quarter.

It wasn’t the first tussle this season between these two teams. Tyler Ulis was ejected, and later fined, after coming to Booker’s defense during an altercation at the end of the teams’ game on Feb. 8.

The Grizzlies went on to defeat the Suns 130-112.

Ex-Cat Eric Bledsoe led Phoenix with 20 points, eight assists and five rebounds. Booker struggled from the field, going 3-for-11, and finished with nine points and three rebounds. Ulis played 17 minutes off the bench and wound up with nine points, seven assists and no turnovers.

Mike Conley gave the Grizzlies 29 points and eight assists and Marc Gasol scored 28 with seven rebounds and five assists.

Andrew Harrison played two minutes and hit his only shot, a three-pointer. He also had one rebound.

Dennis Varney: 859-231-3514, @ExCats

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