LeBron James was both praised and blasted for his actions on the court Wednesday night.
The Los Angeles Lakers superstar had a couple Pacers fans removed from their seats with 2:29 remaining in overtime. James could be seen directing an official to a group of fans sitting courtside and told him directly what he had heard, and the official promptly booted a young man and woman from their seats.
‘This one right f—king here!” LeBron James said.
After the game, LeBron refused to get too specific when asked postgame about the interaction.
“There’s a difference between cheering on your home faithful…and then there’s moments where it goes outside the lines,” he said. “When obscene gestures and language come into it — can’t be tolerated.”
Russell Westbrook, who was standing near the incident, added nothing of substance from what he heard.
“I don’t know what you’re talking about, man,” he said.
Soon after the incident, LeBron would drill a three-pointer and break out his signature silencer celebration.
He finished with 37 points on 13 of 29 shooting and had six assists and five rebounds while hitting two backbreaking 3-pointers in the extra session to help even the Lakers’ record at 10-10.
“I was excited about being in the lineup,” James said. “Me not playing last night on the second night of a back to back, I knew I could kind of give our guys a boost of energy with me not playing last night.”