It was not the best night of games and images for LeBron James, who was sent off in the third period of the game that his Los Angeles Lakers team finally came back (116-121) against the Detroit Pistons in the NBA.
James was sent off early in the third quarter after punch Pistons center Isaiah Stewart in the face that as a consequence he suffered a cut to his face.
James’ action, which was able to generate a collective fight between the players of both teams, in the end it concluded with the expulsion of both players involved in the incident and also a technical foul that pointed to point guard Russell Westbrook, who along with center Anthony Davis were decisive in the victory of the Lakers.
James was sent to the locker room after his elbow and left hand appeared to make contact with Stewart’s face as they became entangled fighting a rebound. The Detroit center had to be contained more than once, keeping him away from James, and he, too, was sent off.
Westbrook committed a technical foul after umpires reviewed the play and the altercations that followed.
Everyone involved was relieved that a massive fight like the one on November 19, 2004, did not break out, when Pistons and Indiana Pacers players extended a brawl to the stands, in the biggest scandal ever in NBA basketball.
The victory allowed the Lakers to go 9-9 and have it positive for the first time so far this season.