LeBron James' First Lakers Home Game Turns Into A Brawl

LeBron James #23 and Brandon Ingram #14 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrate in the first quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers during their game at Moda Center

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Brandon Ingram will be suspended for four games, Rajon Rondo will be out for three, and Chris Paul will be suspended for two games.

All things considered, these punishments aren't too severe, considering there was video appearing to show Rondo spitting in Paul's face.

Paul wil be out for "poking at and making contact with the face of Rondo, and throwing multiple punches at him".

The Rockets were leading their hosts by 109-108 with just 4:13 minutes remaining in the game.

Houston coach Mike D'Antoni disagreed with the severity of Paul's penalty. I understand he gets maybe one (game).

"I don't know, I might rest him (on a) back-to-back", D'Antoni said.

The Lakers fell to a disappointing 124-115 defeat at the Staples Center last night, with that defeat coming just days after a loss to the Trail Blazers.

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Ingram is likely facing the most serious amount of suspension time, but this latest evidence could put Rondo's status in question as well.

This will be the wildest game recap of my short writing history covering the Los Angeles Lakers. Rondo responded with a punch and Paul let fly with a punch.

James said his focus was on the game against the San Antonio Spurs on Monday.

Paul will miss Wednesday's game against the Jazz (they'll lose) but he'll be back for a 2nd crack at the Clippers on Friday.

"We got a long way to go to get to the Rockets", said James, adding they played better than in the first game. The Lakers have argued that no spitting took place, but the Rockets have been standing by Paul's account. I think I'm going to leave it at that'.

ESPN's start to the National Basketball Association season has been solid, with its opening doubleheader Friday seeing gains year-over-year.

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