Raptors' Serge Ibaka and Cavaliers' Marquese Chriss ejected after brawl

A battle for position between the Raptors' Serge Ibaka and the Cavaliers' Marquese Chriss suddenly turned into a brawl on Monday, with the two players ejected from the game.

Chriss and Ibaka both threw punches at each other, luckily with neither landing solidly, and they were separated quickly and ushered to their respective benches.

A Raptors officials said after the game that Ibaka was, indeed, reacting to something Chriss said, but the Toronto veteran is likely to receive a lengthy suspension.

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The incident took place right at the end of the 3rd quarter, when the Raptors threw the ball up court, for Ibaka to collect and shoot, with a second left on the clock. Neither player commented on the situation after the match but according to ESPN, a spokesperson for the Raptors explained that Ibaka was upset at what Chriss said while he was laying on the court. "He played a terrific all-around game".

Ibaka and Chriss were ejected for fighting during the Cavaliers' 126-101 victory over the Raptors on Monday night. Toronto (48-20) trails Milwaukee by 2 1/2 games for the best record in the league.

Leonard, averaging 27.1 points going into the game, hasn't appeared in more than two consecutive games since playing in five straight from January 25 through February 5. Toronto fell behind by 10 points and committed 11 turnovers leading to 13 points for the Cavaliers. Chriss appeared to say something as Ibaka got up. The Raptors veteran would lose $149,000 per game if he were to miss any matches. F Larry Nance Jr. McCaw appeared in three games with the Cavaliers earlier this season. 'We certainly don't want that in the game. I really didn't get to see it until the final five seconds'.

  • Lawrence Cooper