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Lakers’ LeBron James ejected after nearly causing Malice at the Palace 2.0 with Pistons’ Isaiah Stewart

Lakers Pistons LeBron James Isaiah Stewart

LeBron James nearly caused the second Malice at the Palace during the Los Angeles Lakers’ game against the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night after elbowing Pistons’ center Isaiah Stewart in the face.

James and Stewart were each ejected from the game while Russell Westbrook received a technical foul. Throughout the incident, the public address announcer stressed to fans at Little Caesars Arena to remain in their seats.

James elbowed Stewart in the face after a free throw in the third quarter, swinging at him in what looked like an attempt to shed off Stewart’s box out. The elbow bloodied Stewart’s face and caused a physical scrum led by the Pistons big man, who tried to confront James. Several players and coaches held them both back. Westbrook tried to get close to Stewart but was held back by two Lakers coaches.

After James and Stewart were separated, Stewart charged back at James but was held up by coaches and teammate Cade Cunningham. After being moved to the opposite side of the court, Stewart made one last attempt to confront James face-to-face, knocking over a Pistons coach, but was restrained.

This game was James’ second game back from an eight-game absence. A suspension is likely to follow, sidelining him even more and creating more issues for a struggling Lakers team. Meanwhile, Stewart had played in all 16 of the Pistons’ games this season, though he almost missed this game with an ankle issue.

James and Stewart will certainly be hearing from the league after the incident.