Ingram then came flying in and punched Paul in the back of the head. Tensions appeared to ease as Ingram was escorted away by his teammates.
Rondo followed with the first punch - a left hook that connected with Paul's cheek - and the Rockets point guard responded in kind. After Paul and Rondo began fighting, Ingram re-entered the fray and threw a punch.
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The penalty was costliest to Paul, who has the highest salary of the trio and was fined a total of $491,782. The league has not made any announcements yet.
Tempers flared from there with Chris Paul and Rondo trading blows, the Lakers point guard shown to have spat towards his Rockets counterpart during the face-to-face to which Paul stuck a finger into Rondo's face in response.
Regardless of Rondo spitting on Paul, both guards are likely going to receive a suspension.
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The Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Lakers 128-119, extending their winning streak over the Lakers to 16 games. "I think that's going to create a lot of turmoil".
Footage has since emerged showing Lakers star Rondo spitting at Paul, sparking the ugly confrontation between the pair. It was a back-and-forth affair that the Rockets won, 124-115, and then Brandon Ingram shoved James Harden after the latter caused a foul call on Ingram, something not expected from the usually mild mannered Laker. They double as two of the team's best playmakers, capable of creating shots for themselves and others and replacing them for Monday night's game against the San Antonio Spurs would be no easy task. "So in this particular instance, the multiple-game suspensions are pretty severe both to their teams and financially to the players". And believe me, four games is a lot.
- Rondo spit on a guy. Once Rondo and Paul's altercation occurred, Ingram sprinted from half court and threw a punch of his own in the direction of Paul and PJ Tucker that did not land cleanly. "I have seen it go 10-15 games before - I was the culprit of that years ago".
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