- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 21, 2018

A spat erupted, possibly, over some spit. 

Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul traded punches Saturday deep into the fourth quarter of Saturday’s game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets — marring LeBron James‘ home debut in purple and gold, in the process. Rondo, the Rockets claim, spit on Paul during the confrontation. 

Rondo and the Lakers, however, denied any saliva was spewed.

Whatever the case, both players can expect a suspension after getting into a brawl. Lakers forward Brandon Ingram will also likely be suspended as he rushed in and clocked Paul in the face.

When reviewing the tape, one can see Paul wipe his brow before poking Rondo in the face. The Lakers guard immediately countered — punching Paul. The Rockets guard then threw, and landed, a punch of his own. 

But it’s hard to tell if Rondo did, in fact, spit at Paul

The dust-up initially started when Ingram shoved Rockets star James Harden. The incident escalated after Rondo and Paul confronted each other. 

Rondo, Paul and Ingram did not talk to the media afterward.

The Rockets won the game 124-115. 

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