Serge Ibaka and Marquese Chriss throw punches in fiery exchange

Serge Ibaka grabbed a Cavs player by throat and then somehow missed KO punch

Down 91-77 and inbounding the ball from their own end, a long pass by Toronto's Norman Powell was sent down the floor in search of Serge Ibaka who was battling for position with Cleveland's Marquese Chriss. Both were promptly ejected from the game. The two locked arms and Ibaka fell as Chriss walked by while mouthing something to the Congolese big man.

Ibaka shoved Chriss against the base of the hoop before they started exchanging punches while officials and team-mates tried to drag them apart.

The Cleveland Cavaliers (17-50) avoided a season sweep at the hands of the Toronto Raptors (48-20) with a dominant 126-101 win Monday night. He jumped up to his feet and grabbed Chriss around the neck before pushing him against the pole behind the rim. He has a bit of a history, having mixed it up in the past with opponents such as the Heat's James Johnson and the Bulls' Robin Lopez.

Monday wasn't Ibaka's first National Basketball Association fight.

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"I saw it out of the corner of my eye", Love said. "It happened so fast. That's usually how it goes". We don't want to lose one of our guys for incidents like that'.

In that fourth quarter, Cleveland proceeded to pull away - outscoring Toronto, 35-24, shooting 63 percent from the floor and canning six three-pointers in the period. "That might have been exactly what it was", Love said. It's going to cost him a game, probably, right?

As with all rookies, there have been some rocky moments in Sexton's first campaign, but Monday night served as a reminder of his potential as an up-and-coming player.

Cavaliers coach Larry Drew said he was not surprised the players were ejected. "If you get in a situation where clearly you're being attacked, your natural instinct is going to be to defend yourself".

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