Lakers, Rockets should feel fortunate after light punishments for brawl in LA

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James finished with 24 points and five assists but the Lakers could not stop the Rockets' dynamic duo of James Harden and Chris Paul, who combined for 64 points. The ejection list also included Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis, who was led away by security after flipping off and shouting at Paul as he left the court.

Rondo, Paul and Ingram are all likely facing suspensions and fines, but the severity of Rondo's punishment will most likely depend on whether the National Basketball Association determines if any spitting on Paul took place, and if it did, whether or not it was intentional. Rondo sported a cut underneath his eye after the game from where Paul made contact.

The extraordinary scenes overshadowed LeBron James's home debut with the Lakers, which ended in a 124-115 Rockets victory.

Ingram is likely facing the most serious amount of suspension time, but this latest evidence could put Rondo's status in question as well. Rondo will be docked a total of US$186,207, while Ingram's total is US$158,816. Following the coming together of Paul and Rondo, Ingram ran from half-court and threw a punch in the direction of Paul and P.J. Tucker, but it didn't land flush. The Rockets claim Rondo spit in Paul's face, but the Lakers are backing their player, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported, after looking at the videotape.

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Of course, it's all-but-certain at this point that Paul will be suspended ahead of tonight's game against the LA Clippers - giving LA a well-deserved break. Not in sports, in the streets, that's blatant disrespect. Ingram then came flying in and punched Paul in the back of the head. "So in this particular instance, the multiple-game suspensions are pretty severe both to their teams and financially to the players".

- Rondo spit on a guy.

"Rajon has his own view of what happened", VanDeWeghe said. "I have seen it go 10-15 games before - I was the culprit of that years ago. I think I'm going to leave it at that".