LeBron James made his Staples Heart debut Saturday evening (Oct. 20) in his first official NBA recreation with Los Angeles Lakers.
Although James’ first recreation as a Laker was presupposed to be an enormous deal, it was overshadowed by a battle that broke out between Rockets participant Chris Paul and Lakers participant Rajon Rondo in the fourth quarter.
With simply 4 minutes left in the sport, Rockets guard James Harden drew a foul whereas driving to the ring, making a layup over Lakers ahead Brandon Ingram to place the Rockets up by 109-108.
Apparently Ingram, although, didn’t like the decision and the 21-year-old rapidly shoved Harden in the again, drawing a technical foul.
Lance Stephenson then ran in, grabbed Ingram and tried to stroll him away from the scenario in an try and deescalate it.
In line with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols, Paul mentioned the battle began between him and Rondo began as a result of Rondo spit in his face. In a video she posted on Twitter, you possibly can see Chris wiping his face earlier than he goes after Rajon.
Chris Paul informed our broadcast crew this all began as a result of Rajon Rondo spit in his face. When the second replay cycles via you possibly can see Chris wiping his face earlier than he goes at Rondo. pic.twitter.com/2DxPjWdYCu
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) October 21, 2018
After officers reviewed the incident, Ingram, Paul and Rondo had been all ejected from the sport. and the trio will seemingly face suspensions and fines from the league as quickly as Sunday.
The Rockets held on to their slight lead after the battle to take the 124-115 win, spoiling James’ opener in L.A. and getting their first win of the yr.