The NBA pronounced its sanctions, after the altercation which opposed the two players, Sunday, during the game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Detroit Pistons.
Lakers superstar LeBron James was suspended for the blow to the face of Isaiah Stewart, who will serve two for wanting revenge, causing a big scrum on Sunday in the NBA game between both teams.
James, who will therefore miss Tuesday’s meeting against the New York Knicks de facto, was sanctioned for “recklessly hitting Stewart in the face and triggering an altercation on the field,” the NBA said in a statement.
“Stewart was sanctioned for having aggravated the altercation on the ground, by attempting to continue in a repeated and aggressive manner” James, added the instance.
Nine minutes from the end of the third quarter of this match finally won by the Lakers (121-116), while the Pistons extended their advantage to 12 points on a free throw, James, hooked by Stewart, was suddenly returned, striking a blow to the face of his opposite.
Falling to the ground and suffering a cut above the right eye, the Pistons player has repeatedly tried to get revenge. This led to a scrimmage of players from both teams, with several staff members as well as security, who also took part in the scuffle without being struck.
After which, Stewart and “LBJ” were kicked out. It was the second time in 19 years of NBA career, that the latter had known such a mishap. The first dates back to 2017, when he verbally attacked the referee when playing for Cleveland, against his former team in Miami.
Stewart will serve both of his matches at the Miami reception on Tuesday and for the trip to Milwaukee on Wednesday.
In the sports chapter, Monday evening saw the Atlanta Hawks collect their fifth consecutive victory (113-101 against Oklahoma City). The positive streak follows Atlanta’s six straight losses at the start of November. The Hawks now have a balanced balance sheet (nine wins and nine losses).
Aligned for 29’35 ”, Clint Capela delivered the goods: 10 points (5 shots out of 9) and 14 rebounds. He finished the game with a +20 differential, the highest of the match.
NBA. Monday’s results: San Antonio – Phoenix 111–115. Atlanta – Oklahoma City 113–101. Boston – Houston 108–90. Sacramento – Philadelphie 94–102. Utah – Memphis 118–119. Chicago – Indiana 77–109. Milwaukee – Orlando 123–92. La Nouvelle-Orleans – Minnesota 96–110. Cleveland – Brooklyn 112–117. Washington – Charlotte 103–109.
(AFP / Sport-Center)