James will miss Tuesday’s road game against the Knicks. The league said he “recklessly” hit Stewart in the face, initiating the on-court altercation.
Stewart, meanwhile, received a two-game suspension for “repeatedly and aggressively pursuing” James after being struck.
James and Stewart got tangled in the lane on a free throw, resulting in James hitting Stewart in the face with his elbow, presumably by accident, during the Lakers’ 121-116 comeback win.
LeBron and Isaiah Stewart get into it 😳
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 22, 2021
“Everyone in the league know LeBron’s not a dirty guy,” Lakers forward Anthony Davis said. “In fact when he knew he hit him, as soon as he did it, he looked back at him like, ‘Oh, my bad. I didn’t try to do it.’ He tried to, I don’t know what he was trying to do. But I know nobody on our team, 1 through 15, was having it. We’re gonna protect our brother.”
Stewart will serve his suspension in Tuesday’s home game vs. the Heat and Wednesday’s road game vs. the Bucks.
A detailed video of the incident can be found here on NBA.com.