Leave the fight to Floyd! First row seat for Mayweather as a wild punch starts in LeBron's home debut for LA Lakers
- LeBron James suffered the Houston Rockets 124-115 loss in his home debut
- Three players were expelled for fighting at the end of the fourth quarter of Saturday
- The incident marked a night of celebration when James was received on the west coast
Greg Beacham, Associated Press
LeBron James scored 24 points for the Los Angeles Lakers in his wild home debut, which included three players who were sent off for fighting at the end of the fourth quarter of the Houston Rockets' 124-115 victory on Saturday night.
Chris Paul and Brandon Ingram and Rajon Rondo of the Lakers were thrown with 4:13 to play after a prolonged series of clashes that put an ugly end to a night of celebration for Lakers fans eager to welcome James to the West Coast.
The game was closed until Ingram was fouled while trying to defend an aggressive attack from James Harden, who finished with 36 points. Ingram, usually courteous manners, pushed Harden and then faced referee Jason Phillips after receiving a technical foul.
A fight broke out in LeBron James' home debut for the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday night.
Three players were expelled after a prolonged series of clashes that clouded the game.
Brandon Ingram of the Lakers pushed James Harden and then confronted referee Jason Phillips
In the group discussion that followed, Paul put a finger in Rondo's face, who responded by hitting his fellow point guard. Ingram then threw punches in hand-to-hand combat, while James tried to break the fight by grabbing Paul, his friend.
When the action cooled, Harden hit a 3-point key to propel the Rockets to their first victory of the season.
James also had five rebounds and five assists. JaVale McGee had 16 points and six rebounds in her own home debut in the Lakers, while Rondo had 13 points and 10 assists before being sent off.
Paul had 28 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds before being thrown.
Floyd Mayweather had seats in the front row when there was chaos at the end of the game at the Staples Center
Los Angeles Lakers guard punch Chris Paul of Houston Rockets during hand-to-hand combat
When the action cooled, the Houston Rockets regrouped to claim a 124-115 victory
Before the final drama, the exhausted Staples Center formally welcomed his new superstar with countless ovations, and James gave a solid performance along with his new teammates.
The renewed Lakers are not yet ready to compete with a Western Conference powerhouse like the Rockets, who went through a closed fourth quarter to leave the James Lakers 0-2.
Clint Capela had 19 points and 12 rebounds, and Carmelo Anthony scored seven points off the bench when Houston recovered from a shameful defeat of the season in New Orleans.
The west coast chapter of James formally began Thursday with a loss of 128-119 on the road to the Trail Blazers. James scored 26 points in Portland, but the vibes of the Lakers' team could take several weeks to consolidate before they can compete regularly with the lists of veterans who play the playoffs.
The Rockets are a few months away from reaching Game 7 of the Western Conference finals, and have added Carmelo Anthony to their attack.
LeBron James scored 24 points when he was greeted on the West Coast by fans.
Clint Capela bounces the ball when the Rockets scored their first win of the new NBA season