It was only the second game of the regular season for the new-look Los Angeles Lakers, yet we may already have a candidate for the most drama-filled moment of the NBA season.
In a tight contest between the Rockets and Lakers, with less than 5 minutes to go on the fourth, James Harden tried to draw a foul on the fastbreak against Brandon Ingram. Ingram took exception to this, and shoved Harden, with the rest of the players on the court surrounding them to split up any potential fights.
Things seemed to cool off for a moment, before point guards Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul began to butt heads, with Paul trying to poke Rondo in the face before Rondo took a swing at CP3.
A scuffle ensued, and Ingram, who was being led away from the initial incident by Lance Stephenson of all people, as well as Lonzo Ball, came running back into the fray to take a wild shot at Paul's head from the side.
Rondo, Paul, and Ingram were all ejected for their role in the melee.
Many fans were questioning why Rondo and Paul -- who had nothing to do with the Harden/Ingram incident -- decided to throw hands, or why CP3 antagonised Rondo in the first place, but according to Carmelo Anthony and Eric Gordon of the Rockets, Rajon Rondo was actually the one that started things.
After the game, Melo accused Rondo of spitting at Chris Paul, which is why Paul retaliated with a poke to the face.
"We all know what happened, ain't no need to keep going back and forth about that. What happened was unacceptable, shouldn't have happened." Anthony told reporters.
Melo compared Rondo's act of "spitting," to which Rondo has firmly denied, as something you'd see out on the streets.
"Yeah, that's unacceptable. You don't do that to nobody – in sports, on the streets, that's blatant disrespect right there. That's unacceptable.
"You don't even see that in the streets. I don't know what else to say about that."
The video evidence doesn't really back up Melo's claims either, as multiple angles show Rondo not really doing anything until he gets poked in the face. However, Paul does happen to wipe his face before poking Rondo, but that could be because of his own sweat among other things.
Suspensions are expected to be handed out to the three involved later today.