Point guard Malcolm Brogdon led scoring for the Pacers with 28 factors, seven rebounds and two assists, as Indiana falls to 8-12 in the East.
The Lakers trailed for almost all of the game, solely nudging forward for the primary time late in the fourth quarter earlier than two three-pointers in the closing 30 seconds from Pacers pair Justin Holiday and Chris Duarte despatched the game into additional time.
Enter James: the 17-time All-Star sinking two clutch triples en path to outscoring the Pacers on his personal in OT, because the Lakers held their nerve to even their season document at 10-10.
Stewart was subsequently hit with a two-game suspension by the NBA for “escalating” the state of affairs and “repeatedly and aggressively” pursuing James, who himself acquired a one-game ban for “recklessly hitting” the Pistons middle in the face.
Midway by way of additional time in opposition to the Pacers, James spoke to the referee and appeared to gesture at two fans sitting courtside. The pair have been subsequently escorted out by safety from Gainbridge Fieldhouse.
“There’s a difference between cheering on your home faithful, booing opponents, not wanting your opponents to be successful and there’s then moments where it goes outside the line with obscene gestures and words,” James informed reporters when requested concerning the incident after the game.
“That shouldn’t be tolerated in our game from nobody. I would never say it to a fan and a fan should never say it to a player.”
James additionally shed extra mild on his personal ejection on Sunday, revealing he had not spoken to Stewart because the incident that he says was strictly “accidental.”
“I went over the apologize to him and you guys saw what happened after that,” mentioned James.
“Definitely accidental, I’m not that type of player. I hate to see what escalated after that. I thought it warranted an ejection because of what happened after that … but a suspension, I didn’t think was warranted.”
‘A efficiency for the ages’
Away from the ejection drama, Lakers coach Frank Vogel was merely pleased to have his celebrity again and to bear witness to “a performance for the ages.”
“I know he wanted to get this ‘W,'” Vogel mentioned.
“He really wanted to play in that Knicks game, he looks forward to that every year. So to bounce back tonight, to quarterback the defense and carry the offense the way he did — that’s just a performance for the ages.”
Elsewhere, the Golden State Warriors cruised to a dominant 116-96 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. A household affair noticed the Warriors’ Steph Curry prime his youthful brother Seth with a 25-point haul to notch a fifth straight win for the Western Conference leaders.
On the topic of streaks, the Phoenix Suns continued their scorching kind with a 14th consecutive win — edging the Cleveland Cavaliers 120-115 — whereas the Houston Rockets snapped a 15-game shedding streak with a shocking 118-113 upset of the Chicago Bulls.