Chaos Greets LeBron's Home Debut as a Laker

Multiplayer brawl breaks out late, 3 ejected as Lakers go on to lose
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 21, 2018 7:54 AM CDT
At LeBron's Home Debut, a Brawl Breaks Out
Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) gestures during the second half of an NBA game against the Houston Rockets Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

LeBron James made his home debut with the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday night, scoring 24 points in an atmosphere he called "electric," but King James' thunder got blown away late by a multiplayer brawl, reports CBS News. With four minutes left to play in a hard-fought game against the Houston Rockets, Brandon Ingram got called for a foul; irate, he shoved James Harden. The AP describes the resulting melee thusly: "In the ensuing group argument, (Chris) Paul stuck a finger into the face of (Rajon) Rondo, who responded by punching his fellow point guard. Ingram then threw punches in the melee. James attempted to break up the fight by grabbing Paul, his friend." Paul, Ingram, and Rondo were all ejected and the Rockets went on to a 124-115 win. (More LeBron James stories.)

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