The much-anticipated rematch between the Los Angeles Lakers and Detroit Pistons was a tame affair despite all eyes being locked on LeBron James and Isaiah Stewart.
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James and Stewart did not appear to acknowledge each other at tip, instead getting on with business on the floor.
Last week's incident, in which James received and one-game suspension and Stewart received two games, set the internet alight, with many expecting fireworks from tonight's matchup.
The Lakers and Pistons had to be separated multiple times after this play between LeBron and Isaiah Stewart. pic.twitter.com/im0o7fXeoI- SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 22, 2021
While the interaction between the two was subdued, the home crowd at STAPLES Center were quick to make their feelings known, loudly booing Stewart during player introductions and on an early trip to the free-throw line.
Shocker: Isaiah Stewart is not loved here. pic.twitter.com/by6KvYYZQT- Kyle Goon (@kylegoon) November 29, 2021
In a somewhat anti-climactic event, the pair would match up on occasion during the first half, but there were no signs of any incident brewing, much to the disappointment of the crowd, who would again boo Stewart when he passed the ball away from an individual battle with LeBron.
In the second half, James drained a corner triple right in Stewart's face.
Bron took his signature move to a new level 😅 pic.twitter.com/uVxMH6BHnA- SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 29, 2021
Aside from the intrigue around James and Stewart, the game was a must-win for the Lakers, who improved to .500 with a 110-106 victory.
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