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LeBron James has been suspended for one game for an altercation with Isaiah Stewart during Sunday's clash between the LA Lakers and Detroit Pistons, with Stewart banned for two games.

James was ejected, for only the second time in his glittering career, after an ugly incident in the third period which left Stewart bleeding from a wound above his right eye.

James will miss Tuesday night's game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden for "recklessly hitting Stewart in the face and initiating an on-court altercation", in a decision announced by President of League Operations Byron Spruell.

he's a great kid but he felt like he got cheap-shotted across his brow and on the street, it would be a different story."

"I don't think he should be facing anything from the league.

He didn't get off the floor in time, and the league will have to decide about that, and I thought that was why he was ejected from the game. ``

james' left elbow and hand appeared to make contact with stewart's face when they were tangled up while boxing out for a rebound.

A ref and coaches hold back Detroit Pistons center Isaiah Stewart after he was hit

Detroit's center, who was called for a foul before James hit him, had to be held back more than once to keep him separated from the NBA superstar and was also ejected.

james was assessed a flagrant 2 foul.

Lakers guard Russell Westbrook was assessed a technical after the officials reviewed the play and its fallout, determining he was an "escalator," while there was pushing, shoving and trash talking.

Anthony Davis of the Lakers praised players, coaches and Pistons security for keeping the peace.

James walks off the court after being ejected from the game for the hit on Stewart

"Everybody did a great job trying to de-escalate the situation," he said.

"you never want it to get to that point like 17 years ago."

A cup was tossed from the stands in Detroit on an infamous night in November 2004, triggering perhaps the worst brawl in US sports history when a melee with the Pistons and Indiana Pacers spilled into the stands.

James caught Stewart with a blow to the right side of his face as the two battled for position on a free throw early in the third quarter.

Blood was streaming down Isaiah Stewart's face after he took a hard blow from LeBron James on Sunday, sparking a benches-clearing brawl

"everyone in the league knows lebron isn't a dirty guy," said.

Piston's coach Dwane Casey said after the game that he does not think James is a 'dirty player. '

"He needs to just keep his head and not get a reputation," Casey said.

After the blow, both benches flooded onto the court as Stewart and James engaged in a shoving and screaming match.

Isaiah Stewart #28 of the Detroit Pistons is restrained as he goes after LeBron James #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers following an elbow to the face in Sunday's game

James and Stewart had to be separated multiple times as the frantic public address announcer ordered fans to remain in their seats and not join the scrum, as was the case at the infamous 'Malice at the Palace' brawl in 2004 when several fans fought with Indiana Pacers players.

making repeated attempts to get at james, stewart drew multiple technical fouls and a subsequent ejection of his own as coaches and teammates desperately tried to hold him back as he broke free repeatedly.

as soon as he did, he looked back and told ( stewart ), 'my bad, i didn't try to do it,"' said davis.

Refereeing crew chief Scott Foster said Lakers star James was ejected for "unnecessary and excessive contact above the shoulder" during the altercation with Detroit center Stewart.

LeBron James looks on as he is ejected from the game during the third quarter of the game against the Detroit Pistons

"Isaiah got two technical fouls for multiple unsportsmanlike acts during the altercation," Foster said.

i told him, 'don't define who you are.

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