LeBron James gets fans ejected from courtside on return and hits clutch 3 in Lakers’ OT win

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The LA Lakers star was back on the court for the first time since an ejection for the second time in his career against the Detroit Pistons on Sunday, and the 36-year-old shrugged off any remaining disappointment in a 124-116 overtime win over the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis. ,
despite the absence of Anthony Davis Through illness, James stepped up a season-high 39 points—seven of which came in overtime—as well as six assists and five rebounds to pull his team over the line.

Point guard Malcolm Brogdon led the scoring for the Pacers with 28 points, seven rebounds and two assists as Indiana fell 8-12 to the east.

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The Lakers were left behind for most of the game, only leading late for the first time in the fourth quarter, before two three-pointers from Pacers pair Justin Holiday and Chris Duarte in 30 seconds ended the game in overtime. sent.

Enter James: The 17-time All-Star sank two clutch triples in the OT on his way to outscore the Pacers on his own, as the Lakers maintained their season’s record at 10-10 as well.

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ejection drama

Another ejection occurred in the Lakers’ game, but this time he was not the player. On Sunday, James was kicked out after making face-to-face contact with Pistons star Isaiah Stewart – a brawl that sparked a confrontational reaction from Stewart and a court scuffle.

Stewart was later struck with a two-game suspension by the NBA for “aggravating” the situation and “repeatedly and aggressively” chasing James, who himself had “recklessly hit” the Pistons center in the face. Received a one-game ban.

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In the middle of overtime against the Pacers, James spoke to the referee and appeared to point to the two fans sitting in front of the court. The pair were later pulled out of the Gainbridge Fieldhouse by security.

James pointed to a pair of fans for safety, who were later ejected from the arena.

When asked about the post-game incident, James told reporters, “Cheering your home loyalists, cheering opponents, not letting your opponents succeed, and there are moments where it’s obscene.” Goes out of line with gestures and words.”

“This should not be tolerated in our sport to anyone. I would never say it to a fan and a fan should never say it to a player.”

James also shed more light on his own disapproval on Sunday, revealing that he hadn’t spoken to Stewart because he says it was completely “accidental.”

James said, “I apologized to him and you guys saw what happened after that.”

“Certainly casual, I’m not that type of player. I hate to see what happened after that. I thought he needed an expulsion because of what happened after that… but suspension, I didn’t think that There was a warrant.”

James is defended by the Pacers Brogdon.

‘A performance for the ages’

Away from the ejection drama, Lakers coach Frank Vogel was happy to have his superstar back and witness “a performance for the ages.”

“I know he wanted to get this ‘W’,” Vogel said.

“He really wanted to play in that Knicks game, he looks forward to it every year. So tonight to bounce back, quarterback the defense and carry on the offense the same way — it’s just a performance for the ages. “

Elsewhere, the Golden State Warriors scored a dominant 116-96 win over the Philadelphia 76ers. In a family affair, Warriors’ Stephen Curry tops his younger brother Seth with 25 points for a fifth consecutive win for the Western Conference leaders.

On the subject of streaks, the Phoenix Suns continued their hot form with a 14th consecutive win – trailing the Cleveland Cavaliers 120-115 – while the Houston Rockets suffered a 15-game loss by upset Chicago’s illustrious 118-113 The series continued. Bull.

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