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Raymond Felton of New York Knicks faces gun charges
Raymond Felton of the New York Knicks has been charged with one count of criminal possession of a firearm and one count of criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree. He left court after posting a $25,000 bond.
The New York Times and The Associated Press
NEW YORK – At around the same time the New York Knicks were falling further out of playoff contention by losing to Dallas on Monday night, the estranged wife of Knicks point guard Raymond Felton was meeting with police in Manhattan.
The divorce lawyer for Ariane Raymondo-Felton had already provided the police with an unlicensed gun Raymondo-Felton said belonged to her husband. She told them it was being kept in their apartment. The couple was in the process of divorcing, a law-enforcement official said.
The gun, police said, contained 18 rounds of live ammunition. Raymondo-Felton told the police in her initial statement Felton had threatened her with it, the official said. It was not immediately clear when or where she said the threats took place.
Felton, 29, turned himself in at the same station house and remained in police custody for the next 18 hours as he awaited arraignment in Manhattan criminal court.
On Tuesday afternoon, Felton appeared before Judge Diana Boyar to answer charges of one count of criminal possession of a firearm and one count of criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree. The top charge carries a maximum penalty of seven years in prison.
Boyar issued a six-month order of protection for Felton’s wife, warning Felton “you can have no contact whatsoever.” Felton was silent during the proceedings. His lawyer, Jim Walden, said Felton had “no interest in having contact” with his wife.
Moments later, Felton walked out of court after posting a $25,000 bond and said “no comment” to a media scrum.
Because he has no prior felony offenses, Felton could avoid jail time even if convicted of both charges. Felton had purchased the gun legally while living in North Carolina, police said, but it was unlicensed in New York.
Harden scores 43
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Guard James Harden scored 43 points, all in the first three quarters, as the Houston Rockets routed the Sacramento Kings 129-103.
Harden was 11 of 20 from the field and made 15 of 16 free throws.
• Portland’s Damian Lillard made up for the absence of fellow All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge by scoring 31 points in the Trail Blazers’ 100-95 victory at Denver. Aldridge has missed four games with a strained left groin.
• Kevin Love fell one assist shy of his second triple-double in three games, and the Minnesota Timberwolves used a late outburst to beat the host Phoenix Suns 110-101.
Love had 33 points and 13 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who trailed by eight with 7:57 to play, then outscored the Suns 24-6.
• Paul George scored 12 of his 20 points in the third quarter, Evan Turner — acquired from Philadelphia in a trade — had 13 points in his Pacers debut, and Indiana beat the visiting Los Angeles Lakers 118-98 to improve its league-leading record to 43-13.
Lakers center-forward Pau Gasol called for more discipline, presumably from coach Mike D’Antoni, and said there were too many “individual actions,” the Los Angeles Times reported.
“I don’t think there’s a lot of discipline right now,” Gasol told the newspaper.
• Miami Heat superstar LeBron James, who suffered a broken nose Thursday and missed Sunday’s victory over Chicago, said he should be able to play in Thursday’s game against New York.
• Oklahoma City center Kendrick Perkins is expected to miss six weeks after a medical procedure on his left groin.
• Sacramento officials and third-year guard Jimmer Fredette are working on a buyout of his contract.
Fredette, 25, is making about $2.4 million this season.