Denver's Camby claims NBA's defensive award

Associated Press • Apr 28, 2007 at 9:21 AM

Denver Nuggets center Marcus Camby was voted the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year on Friday after leading the league in blocked shots for the third time.

Camby averaged 3.3 blocks to go with 11.2 points and 11.7 rebounds per game. He also averaged 1.24 steals, tops among centers. He received 70 first-place votes and 431 points from a panel of sports writers and broadcasters.

Camby also led the league in blocks last season and in 1997-98. He is one behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Mark Eaton for the most blocked shot titles.

Hakeem Olajuwon, Dikembe Mutombo, Theo Ratliff and George Johnson also led the league in blocks three times.

San Antonio forward Bruce Bowen was second with 206 points, while teammate Tim Duncan had 158 points and finished third.

NO CHARGES: Sacramento Kings forward Ron Artest won't face animal cruelty charges for allegedly failing to feed his dog, the Placer County district attorney's office said Friday.

Deputy District Attorney Jeff Wilson said there was insufficient evidence to charge either Artest or his wife, Kimsha, with animal cruelty or neglect.

Animal services officers seized a Great Dane named Socks from Artest's mansion in February after weeks of complaints from neighbors that the dog appeared to be starving inside a gated area on Artest's $1.85 million estate in rural Loomis.

FINE DAY: Golden State's Stephen Jackson was fined $50,000 by the NBA for his conduct after being ejected late in the Warriors' Game 2 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night.

Jackson left the court in a contentious, roundabout manner after getting his second technical foul. Warriors star Baron Davis also was ejected from the game, apparently for sarcastically applauding the officials late in the third quarter.

On Thursday, Golden State coach Don Nelson said he'll fine both players. Nelson didn't announce the amount of his fines, saying only, "It will be substantial."

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