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

Heather Diaz
March 12, 2019

Toronto's Serge Ibaka and Cleveland's Marquese Chriss were ejected for fighting late in the third quarter.

Ibaka hit the court hard in the second quarter after being fouled by Chriss after scoring on a rebound. Ibaka fell and shoved Chriss upon getting up, which led to punches being thrown by both players. "It happened so fast".

Rookie guard Collin Sexton led the way for Cleveland with a game-high 28 points while Kevin Love added a monster 16-point, 18-rebound double-double.

Toronto owns a 3-0 lead in the season series, most recently earning a 126-110 victory at Scotiabank Arena on December 21 behind a 37-point performance from Kawhi Leonard and a 21-point performance from OG Anunoby.

Monday wasn't Ibaka's first National Basketball Association fight.

Kyle Lowry scored 14 points for the Raptors.

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For the Raptors, Fred VanVleet (left thumb ligament) is out.

Even without LeBron James there to consistently break the hearts of the Raptors, the rivalry between Cleveland and Toronto appears to be alive and well.

A day after committing 21 turnovers in a 21-point win over Miami, Toronto committed 20 turnovers in a 25-point loss to Cleveland. Patrick McCaw started Sunday's game, his first start since March 29, 2018, with Golden State. The Raptors have won the first two games of this current three-stop road trip by an average of 22 points. Tristan Thompson (foot), Larry Nance Jr.

Players and coaches stepped in when Ibaka and Chriss squared off, but no one seemed to get a good view of the incident. "We don't want to lose one of our guys". "I really didn't get to see it until the final five seconds".

This could be blamed on it being the second end of a back-to-back or the fact that the Raptors just didn't have it Monday night, but it's an issue that should be remedied when the Lakers come to Toronto Thursday night.

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