Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Fight in LeBron's home Lakers debut, 124-115 loss to Houston

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Charles Bowen | 22 October, 2018, 12:53

And in the high-intensity final quarter which saw three players being ejected, the Rockets displayed a solid performance to seal the victory.

The Rockets contend that Rondo spit in Paul's face, which provoked the nine-time All-Star to retaliate. Rondo responded by throwing and landing two out of three punches on Paul.

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 and Ingram practiced Sunday but did not talk with reporters. The Rockets alleged that Rondo had spit on Paul - a claim the Lakers have denied.

The legendary actor, 81, sported a fuller figure as he watched the tense game at Staples Center in Los Angeles, with the Houston Rockets scooping a win.

Ingram committed a foul on the Rockets' James Harden, before Rondo allegedly spat in Paul's face, with punches then thrown. With 4:15 to go and holding a narrow 109-108 lead, Harden was fouled on a drive to the rim by Ingram.

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"(We are) sending a clear message that this is not acceptable behaviour and you can not do this. He played the peacemaker role, talking to players on both teams in an effort to calm tempers.

He is just the latest to come through that revolving door on the dressing room as the longest tenured player is 21-year-old Ingram.

With Paul and Rondo, that hasn't always the case.

They have a history of raising the ire of the other, going back to at least 2009 during a Boston-New Orleans game.

VanDeWeghe said Ingram's punishment could have been worse had his punch connected, but the league was satisfied with the punishment it handed out. "We'll be fine. I just don't think it's equitable".

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