Meanwhile, back at the Staples Center, the star-studded Houston Rockets spoiled LeBron's big night, and Lakers guard Rajon Rondo instigated a massive brawl by spitting at Houston's Chris Paul, resulting in suspensions for Rondo, Paul, and the Lakers' Brandon Ingram.
A heated altercation quickly turned into what resembled a brief street fight during Saturday's Rockets-Lakers game at Staples Center.
Paul could be seen pressing his fingers into Rondo's face before Rondo threw a punch at him, leading to a scuffle where Ingram also threw a punch at Paul. Video from the National Basketball Association (NBA) game shows both players were engaged in a bit of trash talk before Paul was filmed poking Rondo in the eye.
The Rockets are staying in LA to play the Clippers on Sunday night, and Houston coach Mike D'Antoni laughed at the possibility of a suspension for CP3.
Los Angeles Lakers' Brandon Ingram was suspended for four games while teammate Rajon Rondo was suspended for three games.
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If the fist fight itself was not so focused on the individuals I would understand there not being some sort of tension. However, in-game footage, you can see Paul wipe his face before confronting Rondo. Paul, Ingram, and Rondo were all ejected and the Rockets went on to a 124-115 win. "I don't know what else to say about that".
This one incident alone is definitely not something to cause us to run to the NBA Trade Machine and try to work out a deal for Ingram. You talk monetarily, he's paying three times more than other guys are paying for missing games? "That's blatant disrespect. That's unacceptable". James played the role of the peacemaker, grabbing Paul from behind and dragging him away from the melee.
The fight could leave with both teams without key rotation players due to suspension.