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Lakers’ LeBron James suspended one game for altercation vs. Pistons; will miss Knicks contest

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Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James has been suspended for one game for his role in the altercation against the Detroit Pistons, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

LeBron and Pistons center Isaiah Stewart got into a scuffle in Sunday’s game that turned bloody. James’ left elbow hit Stewart right in the eye while both players fought for positioning during a free-throw attempt.

Stewart rushed LeBron on several occasions and had to be restrained by his own teammates and coaches while Lakers’ players tried to form a wall in front of James.

Both players were ejected from the contest, but larger punishments were expected. Stewart received a two-game suspension.

The news means James will miss Tuesday’s national TV matchup against the New York Knicks in Madison Square Garden, the only trip of the season to the stadium for Los Angeles.