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LeBron James: Superstar gets fans ejected from game on return and hits clutch 3 in Lakers OT win

The LA Lakers star was again on courtroom for the primary time following his second-ever profession ejection towards the Detroit Pistons on Sunday, and the 36-year-old exorcised any leftover frustrations in a 124-116 extra time victory over the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis.
Despite the absence of Anthony Davis by way of sickness, James stepped up with a season-high 39 factors — seven of which got here in extra time — in addition to six assists and 5 rebounds to tug his workforce over the road.

Point guard Malcolm Brogdon led scoring for the Pacers with 28 factors, seven rebounds and two assists, as Indiana falls to 8-12 in the East.

The Lakers trailed for almost all of the game, solely nudging forward for the primary time late in the fourth quarter earlier than two three-pointers in the closing 30 seconds from Pacers pair Justin Holiday and Chris Duarte despatched the game into extra time.

Enter James: the 17-time All-Star sinking two clutch triples en path to outscoring the Pacers on his personal in OT, because the Lakers held their nerve to even their season file at 10-10.

LeBron James shoots during the second half against the Indiana Pacers.

Ejection drama

There was one other ejection at a Lakers game, however this time it wasn’t a participant. On Sunday, James was ejected after he made contact with Pistons star Isaiah Stewart in the face — an altercation that sparked a confrontational response from Stewart and an on-court scuffle.

Stewart was subsequently hit with a two-game suspension by the NBA for “escalating” the state of affairs and “repeatedly and aggressively” pursuing James, who himself obtained a one-game ban for “recklessly hitting” the Pistons middle in the face.

Midway by way of extra time towards the Pacers, James spoke to the referee and appeared to gesture at two fans sitting courtside. The pair had been subsequently escorted out by safety from Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

James pointed out a pair of fans to security, who were then escourted out of the arena.

“There’s a distinction between cheering on your property trustworthy, booing opponents, not wanting your opponents to achieve success and there’s then moments the place it goes exterior the road with obscene gestures and phrases,” James informed reporters when requested in regards to the incident after the game.

“That should not be tolerated in our game from no one. I’d by no means say it to a fan and a fan ought to by no means say it to a participant.”

James additionally shed extra gentle on his personal ejection on Sunday, revealing he had not spoken to Stewart for the reason that incident that he says was strictly “unintentional.”

“I went over the apologize to him and you guys noticed what occurred after that,” mentioned James.

“Definitely unintentional, I’m not that sort of participant. I hate to see what escalated after that. I believed it warranted an ejection due to what occurred after that … however a suspension, I did not suppose was warranted.”

(*3*)

‘A efficiency for the ages’

Away from the ejection drama, Lakers coach Frank Vogel was merely completely satisfied to have his celebrity again and to bear witness to “a efficiency for the ages.”

“I do know he needed to get this ‘W,'” Vogel mentioned.

“He actually needed to play in that Knicks game, he appears ahead to that yearly. So to bounce again tonight, to quarterback the protection and carry the offense the way in which he did — that is only a efficiency for the ages.”

Elsewhere, the Golden State Warriors cruised to a dominant 116-96 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. A household affair noticed the Warriors’ Steph Curry high his youthful brother Seth with a 25-point haul to notch a fifth straight win for the Western Conference leaders.

On the topic of streaks, the Phoenix Suns continued their scorching kind with a 14th consecutive win — edging the Cleveland Cavaliers 120-115 — whereas the Houston Rockets snapped a 15-game shedding streak with a surprising 118-113 upset of the Chicago Bulls.

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