Anthony Davis defends LeBron James, takes jab at Isaiah Stewart after on-court fight

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Los Angeles Lakers center Anthony Davis came to the defense of LeBron James after the superstar was ejected from Sunday’s game against the Detroit Pistons when he threw an elbow at Isaiah Stewart and caught him in the nose and sparked a brouhaha.

The incident occurred in the third quarter on a foul shot. James and Stewart were trying to box each other out when James connected his elbow with Stewart’s eye. Stewart charged at James and the Lakers players multiple times before he was finally corralled.

Anthony Davis of the Los Angeles Lakers leaves the court after the game against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena on Nov. 21, 2021, in Detroit, Michigan.
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“Everyone in the league knows that [James] isn’t a dirty guy. As soon as he did it, he looked back and told him, ‘My bad. I didn’t try to do it,'” Davis said. “I don’t know what [Stewart] was trying to do. Nobody on our team, 1-15, was having it.”

Pistons coach Dwane Casey said Stewart felt like he had been given a cheap shot.

“I don’t think James is a dirty player, but Stew cut his eye. He felt like he had been cheap-shotted across the brow. I’m not even sure he knew who hit him,” Casey said via The Athletic.

Isaiah Stewart of the Detroit Pistons is restrained after receiving a blow to the face by LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers during the third quarter of the game at Little Caesars Arena on Nov. 21, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan.
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After the ejection, Los Angeles turned on the jets in the fourth quarter. Los Angeles outscored Detroit 37-17 in the fourth and won the game 121-116.

Davis finished with 30 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, five blocks and four steals. Russell Westbrook finished with 26 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists.

Los Angeles got back to 9-9 with the win while the Pistons fell to 4-12.

James and Stewart could be facing suspensions for their roles in the incident.

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