Toronto Raptors middle Serge Ibaka and Cleveland Cavaliers ahead Marquese Chriss had been ejected from Monday evening’s sport after getting right into a bodily altercation.
Ibaka went to the ground after the 2 had been battling for place beneath Cleveland’s basket because the Raptors tried a full-court go that sailed out of bounds.
Ibaka shoved Chriss from behind and grabbed close to his neck earlier than throwing a punch. Chriss responded with a punch earlier than gamers from each groups separated the 2. Ibaka instantly headed for the locker room, and each gamers had been kicked out after the officers conferred.
Cleveland was successful 91-77 on the time of the incident and went on to win 126-101.
Earlier within the sport, Ibaka had hit the courtroom onerous within the second quarter after being fouled by Chriss following a rebound.
Neither participant was out there for remark following the sport. A Raptors spokesman mentioned Ibaka was reacting to one thing Chriss mentioned to him after Ibaka was knocked to the ground.
Monday’s sport marked the eighth ejection of Ibaka’s 10-year profession and the third for Chriss in three seasons.
The NBA beforehand suspended Ibaka following altercations with Robin Lopez in 2017 and James Johnson final season. He was suspended one sport after each of these circumstances.
As a repeat offender, Ibaka might be dealing with a suspension within the vary of three to 5 video games, in line with ESPN front-office insider Bobby Marks. Ibaka would lose about $149,000 for each sport he misses.
The Related Press contributed to this report.