Fans around the world were looking forward in anticipation as LeBron James was finally set to make his home debut for the LA Lakers. And needless to say, the atmosphere at the Staples Center was electric given the occasion. The game was heading towards an exciting finish, but instead, what made the headlines, was a fight that took place late in the fourth quarter which resulted in four ejections.
With four minutes left in the game, tensions flared after Houston Rockets' James Harden was fouled on his way to the hoop by Lakers' forward Brandon Ingram. Harden earned a lay-up over for the foul by the Lakers forward. But, Ingram didn't seem to be pleased with the referee's decision as he pushed Harden in the back, drawing a technical foul.
With the chaos building in the middle, Brandon Ingram could be seeing chirping something towards Harden and the referee, which made Lance Stephenson to step-in and walk his team-mate away from the scene, in an effort to calm the situation.
Things got even more heated after Lakers' point-guard Rajon Rondo and Rockets point-guard Chris Paul were involved in an ugly face-off. Paul had allegedly claimed that Rondo had spat in his face, by poking his finger into his eye. Rondo responded by throwing a couple of punches across.
Ingram upon witnessing the chaos, ran across the court and threw punches of his own towards Chris Paul, and from there a huge brawl ensued. However, LeBron James played peacemaker as he intervened to separate Paul, with whom he is said to be good friends with.
The game had to be stopped for five minutes after the referees convened and suspended the three players who caused the fight, with all of them set to face a lengthy ban on the sidelines.
It was a debut to forget for LeBron James as Houston Rockets held their nerves in the dying minutes following the melee, to come out with a 124-115 win over the LA Lakers. James had finished with 26 points but the Lakers could not match up the brilliance of the visitors' dynamic duo of James Harden and Chris Paul, who combined for 64 points.
Well, it looks like the four-time NBA most valuable player will have to wait a little longer for first win with the LA Lakers, since joining them three months ago after leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to four-straight final appearances, including their first championship in 2016.