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Sunday was no day of rest for the NBA league office, which passed judgement on the fracas between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday night.
Lakers forward Brandon Ingram (four games) and point guard Rajon Rondo (three games) and Rockets point guard Chris Paul (two games) were all suspended without pay for their parts in the fourth quarter of the Rockets’ 124-115 victory at Staples Center.
“Ingram has been suspended for aggressively returning to and escalating the altercation and throwing a punch in the direction of Paul, confronting a game official in a hostile manner, and instigating the overall incident by shoving Rockets guard James Harden,” the league said in a statement. “Rondo has been suspended for instigating a physical altercation with, and spitting and throwing multiple punches at, Paul. Paul has been suspended for poking at and making contact with the face of Rondo, and throwing multiple punches at him.”
This is one of the pieces of video the Rockets are sending the league office as the NBA investigates last night's fight at Staples Center and determines discipline. pic.twitter.com/YKw7JF13cP
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) October 21, 2018
Paul will serve his suspension Sunday night when the Rockets play the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center.
The Lakers play three games in four nights and four in six nights over the next week. Ingram and Rondo both practiced with the team Sunday, but did not speak with reporters.
“We’ve learned from the experience and we’re moving on,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said Sunday, before the suspensions were announced. “We learned… everyone learns something differently, but we brought it up, we talked about it, the message was delivered. And now it’s about next man up, moving forward, and keep positive, keep getting better.”