The Rockets held a slim 109-108 lead when the Lakers' Brandon Ingram fouled the Rockets' James Harden and then pushed him. The occasion will be remembered for a brawl which broke out in the fourth quarter between Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul, with a number of punches thrown. Paul then appeared to be upset about something, so he put his fingers in Rondo's face, to which the Lakers guard responded by taking a swing at his opponent. Once Rondo and Paul's altercation occurred, Ingram sprinted from half court and threw a punch of his own in the direction of Paul and PJ Tucker that did not land cleanly. Ingram got just four games for his initial instigation and giant, loping punch toward Paul.
Hours after the new clips emerged, it was revealed Rondo and Paul had been suspended for three and two games respectively.
Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni took exception to Paul's suspension, saying that he thought it was "not equitable" that Paul had to face suspension.
This will be the wildest game recap of my short writing history covering the Los Angeles Lakers.
On Sunday night, the National Basketball Association released this statement regarding the incident and the punishment.
"In the heat of the moment when somebody does that, that's tough, that's really tough", D'Antoni said.That's unacceptable. ... You don't even see that in the streets, man. "So in this particular instance, the multiple-game suspensions are pretty severe both to their teams and financially to the players". The NBA is planning to render its discipline on Sunday prior to the Rockets-Los Angeles Clippers game at Staples Center, sources said. "I think I'm going to leave it at that".