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Pacers' Rookie Sidelined

Pacers rookie Jonathan Bender broke his wrist in the team's exhibition game Wednesday night and will be sidelined 4-6 weeks.

The rookie forward was going up for a layup in the fourth quarter of his first NBA exhibition game when he was fouled hard by Chris Herron of the Denver Nuggets.

It first appeared the wrist was severely sprained, but further X-rays revealed a bone was fractured, Pacers spokesman Dave Benner said.

The 18-year-old high school star from Mississippi was the fifth player selected in the June draft. He was the Toronto Raptors' top draft pick, and the Pacers acquired him in a draft-day trade that sent veteran power forward Antonio Davis to the Raptors.

The 6-foot-11, 200-pound Bender averaged 23.1 points in his senior year at Picayune High School. He even broke Michael Jordan's record of 30 points in the 1999 McDonald's High School All-American Game, one-upping him by scoring 31 points.

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