Houston Rockets 124-115 Los Angeles Lakers


Brandon Ingram and Rajon Rondo were at practice Sunday as they and the Los Angeles Lakers awaited ruling on their involvement in a fight with Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul.

Ingram and Rondo were both suspended without pay - Ingram for four games, Rondo for three - and will pay fines of $US158,816 ($223,500) and $US186,207 ($262,045) respectively.

The Lakers and the Rockets provided some late-night fireworks in the National Basketball Association on Saturday evening, as punches were thrown by players on both teams when a skirmish started late in the fourth quarter.

The Los Angeles Sentinel reported that Rondo's girlfriend pushed Paul's wife, Jada, who was sitting next to Savannah James, LeBron's wife.

According to Paul and the Rockets, Rondo spit in Paul's face, prompting Paul to poke Rondo, prompting Rondo to paunch Paul, prompting Paul to respond. All three players were ejected from the game.

As suspensions loomed for Ingram and Rondo, all accounts suggested they were hardly affected by the forthcoming reality.

Paul and Rondo were the main combatants trading blows after Paul stuck his finger in Rondo's face and pushed him hard.

But perhaps that energy - and a flagrant foul by Houston's James Ennis III against Josh Hart earlier in the fourth quarter - contributed to the shocking fight that broke out with 4:13 to play. He called Rondo's spitting "pretty disgusting".

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Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said before that game that he didn't think a two-game suspension for Paul was fair.

While much of NBA Twitter posted grainy video of the alleged spit, ESPN's Rachel Nichols shared a clear, zoomed-in look that certainly showed spit leaving Rondo's mouth.

That's unacceptable. You don't do that.

Eric Gordon, who started in place of Paul against the Clippers, defended his teammate, saying, "If somebody is attacking you, you got to somewhat protect yourself".

'Rajon has his own view of what happened, ' VanDeWeghe said. "We'll come in tomorrow and get better". This led to Rondo landing a clean left hook on Paul and more punches being thrown.

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

One of the highest paid players in the history of the NBA, Paul has earned over $222 million over his 14-year career.