Not only did the Cleveland Cavaliers come out to play against the Toronto Raptors - they led 91-77 at the end of three quarters - two of their key big man got into it physically. Ibaka responded by jumping to his feet and putting his arm around Chriss' throat, which led to the two exchanging punches.
Ibaka and Chriss were eventually separated and ejected. A Raptors spokesman said Ibaka was reacting to something Chriss said to him after Ibaka was knocked to the floor.
The 126-101 defeat is a blow to the Raptors, who sit second in the Eastern Conference, but whose form has dipped in recent weeks.More news: Chiefs to sign safety Tyrann Mathieu
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The Raptors are vying for an Eastern Conference win this season, as their team is second in the East now, with a 48-20 record.
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.
Kevin Love tallied his sixth double-double since the All-Star Break - finishing with 16 points and a game-high 18 boards. The Washington product has averaged 7.9 points per game in three National Basketball Association seasons.
Players and coaches stepped in when Ibaka and Chriss squared off, but no one seemed to get a good view of the incident. G Matthew Dellavedova (concussion) missed his second straight game. "I mean, I don't condone fighting at all, but I think if somebody comes at you, you have the right to defend yourself", Cavs Coach Larry Drew said. I really didn't get to see it until the final five seconds'.