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Serge Ibaka and Marquese Chriss fight at Toronto Raptors vs Cleveland Cavaliers

Serge Ibaka and Marquese Chriss fight at Toronto Raptors vs Cleveland Cavaliers

Cleveland was winning 91-77 at the time of the incident and went on to win 126-101. Ibaka grabbed Chriss by the throat and punches were thrown by both players.

A Raptors officials said after the game that Ibaka was, indeed, reacting to something Chriss said, but the Toronto veteran is likely to receive a lengthy suspension. With 15 games remaining, Cleveland's 17-50 record is four games better than the last place New York Knicks.

Leonard was 11 of 19 from the field, but the Raptors only led briefly in the first half.

The Raptors, showing signs of being exhausted in their third straight road game, struggled throughout the contest.

The Raptors have recently been alternating between looking like a dominant team that has figured out how to play within their game and looking like a team struggling to find the motivation to play, and Monday night in Cleveland, that second group showed up for most of the night.

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The Cavaliers connected on six 3-pointers in the third quarter and made 18 of 41 for the game.

It's the third suspension for Ibaka since 2017 for throwing punches - with the previous two being for only one game each. F Larry Nance Jr.

The Athletic's Joe Vardon spoke with National Basketball Association insiders who revealed "Chriss said something very close to 'quit that s***,'" adding, "It could have been an accusation of flopping, or, as one Cav suggested, Chriss didn't like Ibaka grabbing his jersey". "Listen, it's always going to be concerning when something like that happens".

"We certainly don't want that in the game", said Toronto's head coach Nick Nurse following the loss, according to TSN's Josh Lewenberg. We don't want to lose one of our guys for incidents like that.

Raptors: Host the Lakers on Thursday.