Serge Ibaka and Marquese Chriss throw punches in fiery exchange

Mar 11 2019 Cleveland OH USA Cleveland Cavaliers forward Marquese Chriss and Toronto Raptors center Serge Ibaka throw punches

Mar 11 2019 Cleveland OH USA Cleveland Cavaliers forward Marquese Chriss and Toronto Raptors center Serge Ibaka throw punches

Tempers flared at the end of the third quarter, and Toronto's Serge Ibaka and Cleveland's Marquese Chriss were both ejected from the game.

Ibaka attempted to catch an inbounds pass with one second remaining in the third quarter, but the ball sailed over his head as he appeared to be held by Chriss. Ibaka leaped up and went after his antagonist, who was walking away, grabbing Chriss near the throat and pushing him into the basket stanchion before the two threw punches at each other, few of which appeared to land. Both players were ejected, obviously, and will likely face punishments from the National Basketball Association.

The Raptors came into the contest having blown out the first two opponents of their three-game roadie, but they led for just 31 combined seconds on Monday, hitting the first bucket of the game and taking a brief one-point lead early in the second quarter. It was broken up quick.

Led by Kawhi Leonard, the Raptors are confident of going all the way in the east and then maybe even uprooting the Warriors when it comes to the National Basketball Association finals (if the Warriors make it this time). "Especially against a real good team at home".

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It is all in our hands now, and as Xhaka says - WE ARE BACK IN THE GAME! "It's not scratching your head". Sometimes it happens, we hit the woodwork twice.

The NBA previously suspended Ibaka following altercations with Robin Lopez in 2017 and James Johnson last season. "That's pretty much the way the game played out".

Toronto rolled to a 125-104 win over the Heat without Leonard, tying a franchise record with 21 3-pointers and outscoring Miami 63-24 from beyond the arc. He is averaging 15.2 points and 8.1 rebounds per game this season. Toronto fell behind by 10 points and committed 11 turnovers leading to 13 points for the Cavaliers.

Because of his previous suspensions, TSN Raptors reporter Josh Lewenberg expects Ibaka to receive at least a two-game ban for his role in Monday's fight.

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