Rockets, Lakers brawl as LeBron and LA suffer another fall

Rockets guard Chris Paul and Lakers guard Rajon Rondo were ejected for fighting during their game Saturday night.

Chris Paul and Rajon Rondo exchanged blows and the Houston Rockets knocked out the Los Angeles Lakers in their first home game with LeBron James.

That’s about how things are going for LeBron in LA, as the Lakers fell to 0-2 courtesy of the Rockets’ 124-115 victory Saturday.

The Rockets led by just one (109-108) when the fight broke out. According to multiple reports, Paul alleged that Rondo spit on him as the two stood face to face near the free-throw line following a dead ball. Paul stuck his finger in Rondo’s face, Rondo reacted with a punch, and Paul clearly landed one of his own.

Lakers forward Brandon Ingram also took a swing at Paul, but it is unclear if Ingram actually connected. James and Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony attempted to play peacemakers during the fracas. James, Anthony and Paul are all undeniably close, and James dragged Paul away from the commotion with what appeared to be some calming words.

Suspensions are surely forthcoming.

Per Yahoo Sports:

“With four minutes left in the game, Rockets guard James Harden drew a foul while driving to the hoop, making a layup over Lakers forward Brandon Ingram to put the Rockets up by 109-108. Ingram, though, didn’t like the call. The 21-year-old quickly shoved Harden in the back, drawing a technical foul.”

As the situation began to escalate in the lane, Lakers swingman Lance Stephenson raced over to grab Ingram and pull him away from the scrum.

The Rockets are staying in Los Angeles and face the Clippers on Sunday night. The Lakers next play Monday, at home against the San Antonio Spurs. Los Angeles has surrendered an average of 126 points in its first two games.

James finished with 24 points on 9-of-22 shooting. He tallied five rebounds and five assists, both low by his standards. Harden led all scorers with 36 points.

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