Chris Paul and Rajon Rondo Exchange Punches During Rockets vs Lakers

Danny Woods
October 22, 2018

James finished with 24 points and five assists but the Lakers could not stop the Rockets' dynamic duo of James Harden and Chris Paul, who combined for 64 points.

BTW, the Rockets - without Chris Paul - lost to the Clippers on Sunday.

In the meantime, Walton was pleased with what he saw from Ingram and Rondo.

Rondo insists his actions were triggered by Paul's strike and maintains he did not spit on his rival, arguing his mouthguard made it hard for any spitting to be intentional. Rondo didn't take kindly to this and fists started flying.

Members of both teams then squared off, before a punch was thrown was thrown and all hell broke loose.

Ingram, Paul and Rondo were all ejected.

After the game, Rondo's former Boston Celtics teammate Paul Pierce said on ESPN that he was not "surprised at all" by the fight.

The NBA, they got to do what they got to do. The NBA will also likely hand down a suspension and sizeable fines to the trio, which could be announced as early as today. But what it brought instead was go time, as a brawl erupted with Chris Paul and Rajon Rondo at its epicentre. Paul obviously disagreed and said he was, in fact, spit on by Rondo.

"(We are) sending a clear message that this is not acceptable behaviour and you can not do this. The last major fight in the National Basketball Association was nearly 12 years ago, when current Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony received a 15-game suspension while playing for the Denver Nuggets.

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Ingram's suspension is the most for an on-court incident since Metta World Peace levelled James Harden in a game at Staples Center in April 2012.

With 4:13 left in the game, Houston had a one-point lead (109-108) and Harden was driving to the basket but Brandon Ingram was in the way.

There have been longer suspensions in recent years, but none for an on-court altercation than what Ingram got.

"We try to judge each one of these [incidents] on the merits: who does what, who instigates, how risky the situation becomes and is", VanDeWeghe said.

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

The Rockets are a few months removed from reaching Game 7 of the Western Conference finals, and they've added Anthony to their attack.

VanDeWeghe clearly indicated that Rondo did not acknowledge spitting on Paul.

Rockets Coach Mike D'Antoni disputed that, saying, "Some spit was thrown". "You watch the film, you watch the spit".

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