LeBron James ejected after altercation with Pistons forward Isaiah Stewart leads to melee in Detroit

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Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James and Detroit second year forward Isaiah Stewart ousted after the altercation In which James hit Stewart in the face and reprimanded Stewart.

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The incident occurred in the third quarter with 9:18 remaining and the Pistons were leading 78–66 at Detroit’s Little Caesars Arena.

Detroit’s Jeramy Grant had just made a free throw as James and Stewart fought for position after Grant missed a foul shot.

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James forcefully swung his left forearm and hit Stewart in the face with his fist, causing significant bleeding near Stewart’s right eye. At first, James tried to defuse the situation, but Stewart still took offense, setting up a wild scene that took several minutes to resolve.

Referee Scott Foster explained, “On the free throw, initial contact considered a loose ball foul by Isaiah Stewart and then a dead ball act by LeBron James, a flagrant foul penalty 2 for unnecessary and excessive contact over the shoulder.” “Isaiah found two technical faults for several non-sports-related acts during the brawl.”

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Several Pistons tried to stop Stewart, including coach Dwayne Casey, rookie Cade Cunningham and safety, who chased down several people trying to get behind the Lakers players.

“Fans, stay in your seats. Don’t go to the floor,” said the Pistons public address announcer, trying to make sure the situation doesn’t escalate to include fans.

It took almost two minutes to get Stewart out of court, facing suspension and a fine. Russell Westbrook was issued a technical glitch after the scuffle.

James was issued a major foul 2 and was evicted for the second time in his career. The game against Detroit was his second after losing eight games in a row with an abdominal strain. He had 10 points and five assists at the time of the incident.

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James walked off the court after being ruled out of the game against the Detroit Pistons on Sunday.

NS The Lakers won 121–116 as the Pistons, 17 points, took the second half lead.spoiling Cunningham’s first career triple-double.

The Pistons and Lakers play again in Los Angeles on November 28.

Stewart, 20, is a big part of Detroit’s future. He made the all-rookie team in 2020-21 and averages 7.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.2 blocks and is shooting 54.7% from the field.

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