NBA: Rockets guard Lawson gets two-game drunk driving ban

NEW YORK – Houston Rockets guard Ty Lawson has been suspended two games without pay by the NBA for drunk driving, the league announced Friday, December 18.

Former Denver Nuggets guard Lawson was charged last January with drunken driving, speeding and other violations. He pleaded guilty last month in Colorado to driving while impaired and faces up to 180 days in jail when sentenced next month.

After another drunk driving arrest last July in Los Angeles, Lawson was ordered to complete a rehabilitation program. He was also traded from the Nuggets after 6 seasons in Denver to Houston.

Lawson, 28, begins his suspension on Saturday when the Los Angeles Clippers visit Houston. He will also miss Houston's home game Monday against Charlotte before returning next Wednesday at Orlando and ahead of a December 25 home game against San Antonio.

At 13-14, the Rockets are seventh in the Western Conference but 9 games behind the pace-setting Spurs in the Southwest division.

Lawson is averaging 5.9 points, 4.2 assists, 1.9 rebounds and 1.0 steals a game. For his NBA career, Lawson is averaging 13.7 points, 6.5 assists and 2.8 rebounds a game. –