NEW YORK — Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns will be suspended two games without pay after an altercation with Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid during Wednesday night's game.

Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations, announced the suspension Thursday evening, saying both Towns and Embiid will be suspended two games without pay following the on-court incident that broke out midway through the third quarter of Wednesday's game at The Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

"While we are disappointed with the league's decision, we understand the magnitude of this unfortunate incident," said Timberwolves President of Basketball operations Gersson Rosas in a statement. "The NBA is highly competitive and last night was a reflection of that. We support Karl and will move forward together as a group."

The Timberwolves' star center is schedule to begin serving his suspension Saturday when Minnesota travels to Washington.

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