Raptors' Ibaka ejected from game after punching Cavaliers' Chriss

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Raptors' Ibaka ejected from game after punching Cavaliers' Chriss

Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Marquese Chriss has been suspended one game without pay for his role in Monday's altercation with Toronto Raptors' Serge Ibaka, the National Basketball Association announced.

Collin Sexton scored 28 points and all five Cleveland starters scored in double figures in the Cavaliers' 126-101 win over the Toronto Raptors on Monday in Cleveland.

Ibaka shoved Chriss against the base of the hoop before they started exchanging punches while officials and team-mates tried to drag them apart.

In those closing seconds, Toronto's effort to get off one more shot before the buzzer led to Ibaka flopping while battling for position with Chriss.

While Ibaka walked straight off the court, Chriss stayed on for several seconds, looking reluctant to go. Both players were ejected shortly after the altercation.

Both Ibaka and Chriss are banned without pay.

The Raptors are still sitting in second place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 48-20, which is just 2.5 games back of the Milwaukee Bucks and eight games up on the third seed Philadelphia 76ers.

The Raptors, showing signs of being exhausted in their third straight road game, struggled throughout the contest.

Their punishments haven't been confirmed, but it's likely both will be suspended for at least a couple of games. Ibaka wasn't happy at all about the apparent stare down and maybe some words from Chriss because he quickly got up and got a hand around Chriss' throat.

Leonard, averaging 27.1 points going into the game, hasn't appeared in more than two consecutive games since playing in five straight from January 25 through February 5.

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