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Ex-Mavs star started in-game melee by spitting at opponent. Here’s his punishment

Rockets and Lakers players react to Paul & Rondo fight

Houston Rockets' Chris Paul got into a fight with Los Angeles Lakers' Rajon Rondo during the second half of the basketball game on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018 in Los Angeles.
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Houston Rockets' Chris Paul got into a fight with Los Angeles Lakers' Rajon Rondo during the second half of the basketball game on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018 in Los Angeles.

Rajon Rondo was a headcase during his time with the Dallas Mavericks.

During his 46-game career in Dallas, he often fought with teammates and head coach Rick Carlisle.

Even though Rondo now plays for the Lakers, not much has changed. But now he has to actually pay for his antics.

On Saturday night, the veteran point guard started a major brawl by spitting on Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul.

Initially, the Brandon Ingram of the Lakers and James Harden of the Rockets began a confrontation following a hard foul by Ingram on Harden.

Following the spewing of saliva, Paul and Rondo took swings at one another, with the former actually landing a haymaker to the latter’s jaw.

On Sunday night, the NBA released this statement regarding the incident and the punishment.

“Ingram has been suspended for aggressively returning to and escalating the altercation and throwing a punch in the direction of Paul, confronting a game official in a hostile manner, and instigating the overall incident by shoving Rockets guard James Harden,” the NBA statement read.

It continued.

“Rondo has been suspended for instigating a physical altercation with, and spitting and throwing multiple punches at, Paul. Paul has been suspended for poking at and making contact with the face of Rondo, and throwing multiple punches at him.”

Second-year guard Dennis Smith Jr. scored the Dallas Mavericks’ final six points Saturday against the Minnesota Timberwolves, including a key jumper with 6.1 seconds to go.

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