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The LA Lakers star was back on the pitch for the first time after his second career sent off against the Detroit Pistons on Sunday, and the 36-year-old exorcised any remaining frustrations in a 124-116 overtime win over the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis.
Despite Anthony Davis being absent due to illness, James scored a record with 39 points, including seven in overtime, as well as six assists and five rebounds to lead his team over the line.

Point guard Malcolm Brogdon led the scoring for the Pacers with 28 points, seven rebounds and two assists, as Indiana fell to 8-12 in the East.

The Lakers dragged on for most of the game, advancing only for the first time late in the fourth quarter before two three-pointers in the final 30 seconds of Pacers’ pair Justin Holiday and Chris Duarte sent off. the game in overtime.

Enter James: The 17-time All-Star pulled off two clutch triples en route to beat the Pacers on his own in overtime, as the Lakers had the courage to tie their season record at 10-10.

Ejection drama

There was another expulsion in a Lakers game, but this time it wasn’t a player. James was kicked out on Sunday after making face-to-face contact with Pistons star Isaiah Stewart – an altercation that sparked a confrontational reaction from Stewart and a scuffle on the field.

Stewart was subsequently given a two-game suspension by the NBA for “aggravating” the situation and “repeatedly and aggressively” suing James, who himself received a one-game suspension for ” recklessly hit the center of the Pistons in the face.

Halfway through overtime against the Pacers, James spoke to the referee and appeared to be waving to two fans sitting off the court. The couple were then escorted by security from Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

LeBron James: Superstar kicks fans out of game on return and hits clutch 3 in Lakers OT win

“There is a difference between cheering on your followers, booing your opponents, not wanting your opponents to succeed and then there are times when it crosses the line with obscene gestures and words,” James told reporters when he was asked about the incident after the game.

“It shouldn’t be tolerated in our game by anyone. I would never tell a fan and a fan should never tell a player.”

James also shed light on his own eviction on Sunday, revealing that he had not spoken to Stewart since the incident which he said was strictly “accidental.”

“I apologized to him and you saw what happened after that,” James said.

“Definitely accidental, I’m not that type of player. I hate to see what happened after that. I thought it warranted an expulsion because of what happened after that… but a suspension, I don’t didn’t think she was justified. “

LeBron James: Superstar kicks fans out of game on return and hits clutch 3 in Lakers OT win

“A performance for the ages”

Far from the drama of the ejection, Lakers coach Frank Vogel was just happy to find his superstar and witness “a performance for the ages.”

“I know he wanted to get that ‘W’,” Vogel said.

“He really wanted to play in that Knicks game, he looks forward to that every year. So bounce back tonight, quarterback on defense and carry the offense like he did – it’s just a performance for the ages. “

Elsewhere, the Golden State Warriors won a dominant 116-96 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. A family affair saw the Warriors’ Steph Curry beat his younger brother Seth with 25 points to claim a fifth straight victory for the Western Conference leaders.

When it comes to streaks, the Phoenix Suns continued their hot form with a 14th straight win – edging the Cleveland Cavaliers 120-115 – while the Houston Rockets ended a 15-game losing streak with a knockdown 118 -113 against Chicago. Bulls.

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