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LeBron James ejected for strike to Pistons’ Stewart’s face

Nov 22 (Reuters) – Los Angeles Lakers ahead LeBron James was ejected from Sunday’s 121-116 win over the Detroit Pistons for an errant swinging arm that drew important blood from the face of Isaiah Stewart, the NBA said.

The incident befell with 9:18 remaining within the third quarter, with the Lakers trailing 78-66, as James swung his arm via and struck Pistons heart Stewart within the eye space when battling for a rebound after a free throw.

Stewart, with blood streaming from his eye, had to be held again by a number of workers members as he tried to confront James on a number of events.

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Following an official evaluation, James was assessed a ‘Flagrant two penalty’, leading to his ejection for the second time in his 19-year profession. His first ejection got here in November 2017 towards the Miami Heat.

Stewart was additionally ejected, whereas Lakers guard Russell Westbrook was handed a technical foul for his involvement within the scrap following the incident.

Pistons head coach Dwane Casey stated Stewart acquired eight stitches and hoped the middle could be spared a doable suspension.

“He shouldn’t be facing anything,” Casey said. “Not getting off the court in time? The league will have to decide that.

“But the person acquired eight stitches, no matter it’s, throughout his brow. He was upset. Blood operating down his face. I do not see any ramifications from the league from that standpoint.”

Lakers forward Anthony Davis defended James, saying the collision wasn’t intentional.

“Everyone within the league is aware of LeBron just isn’t a grimy man,” Davis said, adding that James was attempting to apologise to Stewart immediately after the foul before things kicked off.

“We’re not selling violence. I’m not selling violence.”

After trailing in the third quarter, the Lakers bounced back in the fourth quarter to seal a win in Detroit and end their three-game losing streak.

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Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Jacqueline Wong & Shri Navaratnam

Nov 21, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) reacts after getting ejected from the game during the third quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

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