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LeBron James vs. Isaiah Stewart fight, explained: The strike that led to LeBron's first-ever suspension
Just one week removed from their fight that led to a suspension, LeBron James and Isaiah Stewart are set to go head-to-head again on Sunday.Ironically enough, their second and final meeting comes exactly one week following the incident, sure to draw some attention to what would otherwise just be another regular season game.
Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James doesn't believe a suspension was warranted for his involvement in the altercation with Detroit big man Isaiah Stewart.
James made a dominant return to the lineup against Indiana, pouring in 39 points to go along with five rebounds and six assists in the 124-116 OT win.
Postgame, he gave his account of what happened in the incident that incensed Stewart.
"It was a box out in the free-throw line. His elbow got kinda high, if you watch the film it got me off-balance a little bit," James explained.
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"I tried to swim down on his arm and when I swung down on his arm he got off-balance and the left side of my hand grazed his face. I knew right away, I knew right away I had caught some part of his head so I went over to apologize to him and obviously you guys seen what happened after that. Definitely accidental."
Here’s LeBron’s explanation of what he thought happened in the scuffle with Isaiah Stewart. He understood why he was ejected, but did not agree with the league’s decision to suspend him:— Kyle Goon (@kylegoon)
Stewart made repeated attempts to get at James, requiring multiple staff members to hold him back as blood streamed down his face. Stewart received a two-game ban for the reaction, while James was sidelined for one game.
LeBron suspended 1 game, Stewart 2 games for altercation
LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers has been suspended for one game and Detroit's Isaiah Stewart was suspended two games for their roles in an ugly incident during Sunday's Lakers-Pistons game. The NBA announced the suspensions Monday, and both will affect games on Tuesday. James will not play when the Lakers visit Madison Square Garden to play the New York Knicks. Stewart will miss the Pistons' home game against Miami on Tuesday and their game Wednesday at Milwaukee. James will forfeit about $284,000 in salary, while Stewart will lose about $45,000. It is the first suspension in the 19-year career of James, who has won four NBA titles with three teams.
The Lakers would lose that one game without James, 106-100 at Madison Square Garden to the New York Knicks. LeBron doesn't believe he should have missed the contest.
"I'm definitely not that type of player. I hate to see that, what escalated after that.
"I didn't think it warranted...I thought it warranted an ejection because of what happened after that. Having me in the game, the excitement from the fans, what could possibly happen after that, but a suspension I didn't think was warranted but the league made that call."
Los Angeles climbed back to .500 at 10-10 on the season with the win against the Pacers, as they try to shake off a slow start to the season. Fellow star, Anthony Davis missed the game against Indiana with a fever.
Davis will have one night to recover before the Lakers host Sacramento at STAPLES Center - tip-off is at 8:30 p.m. ET.
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