The players were ejected after James appeared to hit Stewart in the face during an on-court scuffle. Teammates were forced to restrain Stewart, who had a visibly bloody face, as he attempted to lunge at James.
Both players were removed from the court with 9:18 remaining on the clock. Despite the disruption, the Lakers ultimately secured a 121-116 victory of the Pistons.
According to ESPN, this latest incident marks James‘ second ejection in a 19-year-long career.
Commenting after the game, Lakers teammate Anthony Davis said: “Everyone in the league knows LeBron’s not a dirty guy. 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.’”
Pistons coach Dwane Casey also responded, “It was a tough play with Isaiah. His eye got cracked all the way open, and he was upset for a reason. So, I don’t think James is a dirty player, but again, it got them going.”