Ibaka, Chriss ejected after trading punches

Toronto's Serge Ibaka and Cleveland's Marquese Chriss were ejected for throwing punches near the end of the third period.

Before Ibaka, still seething, strode out of the arena without answering to reporters for his sins, he confirmed through a Raptors spokesman that it was what Chriss said to him that set him off.

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.

Neither Ibaka nor Chriss spoke with the media after Monday's game, but Raptors Coach Nick Nurse said, "Listen, it's always going to be concerning when something like that happens".

Cleveland was winning 91-77 at the time of the incident and went on to win 126-101.

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. Everybody nearly wants to run out there and check what's going on.


With the loss, the Raptors now sit at a record of 48-20 and are still ranked second in the Eastern Conference.

Ibaka was brought down by Chriss, as the duo battled for the ball.

Leonard, averaging 27 points this season, hasn't appeared in more than two consecutive games since playing in five straight from January 25 through February 5. Ibaka would lose about $149,000 for every game he misses.

Brandon Knight was rock-solid in 23 minutes of work - rounding out the Cavalier starters in double-figures with 12 points, adding five assists and a game-high three steals.

"I really thought tonight was as complete of a game as I've seen Collin play in regards to scoring, getting us into an offense and his decision-making".


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