The NBA has released its verdict on the scuffle between players of the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets during a recent game.
Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Kiki VanDeWeghe announced that Lakers guard Rajon Rondo has been suspended three games without pay for spitting at and punching Rockets guard Chris Paul, who is set to miss two games for punching and poking at the face of the former. Los Angeles forward Brandon Ingram got the most game suspensions with four after also throwing a punch at Paul and instigating the incident.
The altercation happened with 4:13 remaining in the fourth quarter of Houston's 124-115 victory over the Lakers at the Staples Center. The three players were ejected.
Both Rondo's former teammate Paul Pierce and coach Doc Rivers weren't surprised by the two elite point guards (combined 13 All-Star appearances) exchanging blows, considering their long history of beef. Whether the 2008 NBA champion hit CP3 with a sticky projectile or not, the internet had a field day poking fun at the slugfest.