13 March, 2019
With 1.0 second remaining in the third quarter, the Raptors' Serge Ibaka and the Cavaliers' Marquese Chriss were both going after the ball following a full-court pass in hopes of beating the buzzer to end the quarter.
Ibaka and Marquese Chriss got tangled up and Ibaka flopped to the floor. Ibaka responded by jumping to his feet and putting his arm around Chriss' throat, which led to the two exchanging punches.
Patrick joked on Twitter: "Ibaka should leave the National Basketball Association and join Monday Night Raw".
The Cavs managed to beat the Raptors handsomely tonight, as the the game ended 126-101.
Some fans were furious both players had been ejected after Ibaka had started the fight. It was broken up quick. Which isn't to say that Nick Nurse didn't try, from varied lineup combinations to find a spark, to an early stint of zone defense in the first quarter which briefly seemed to get the Raptors' attention and spurred a run to close the gap.
Love agreed with a suggestion (via cleveland.com) that Cleveland's dominance over Toronto in recent playoff series might have been a factor, with Ibaka possibly releasing some pent-up frustration.
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"That was a great win for us", Love said.
Sexton led the Cavaliers with 13 first-half points while Leonard had 13 to pace the Raptors. Toronto (48-20) trails Milwaukee by 2 1/2 games for the best record in the league.
He is averaging 15.2 points and 8.1 rebounds per game this season.
Raptors: G Fred Van Vleet (ligament tear in left thumb) missed his 11th straight game.
"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".