There aren’t many more “firsts” left for LeBron James in his NBA career, but he notched one tonight. Of course, it was one he probably wanted to avoid.
With his Cavaliers up 93-70 late in the third quarter, James went up for a shot and drew some contact from Heat players James Johnson and Dion Waiters. He was clearly looking to a foul, and never got it.
With the ball heading the other way, James plead his case to referee Kane Fitzgerald, who promptly threw him out.
It was James’s first career ejection in 1,081 regular season games and 1,299 games overall.
First ever Career ejection for LeBron James. pic.twitter.com/QG7MQ0FaZO
— TBC (@TopBallCoverage) November 29, 2017
LeBron James played 1,081 career regular-season games prior to being ejected tonight.
The only active players who have played more games without being ejected are Tony Parker (1,144) and Pau Gasol (1,139)
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 29, 2017
James and Fitzgerald each shared their views on the play after the game. From NBA.com:
“I got fouled and showed my frustration to the ref, and he sent me to the locker room,” James said after the game. “That particular play, I got fouled all the way up the court. That’s what it was about. I said what I had to say and I moved on, but he decided I should get (ejected). We got the win, that’s what’s most important.”
“Immediately after the no-call, he turned and threw an air punch directly at me and then he aggressively charged at me and then he used vulgarity in my ear a few times,” Fitzgerald said.
James missed the last 15 minutes of the game, but still finished with 21 points, 12 rebounds, and six assists in the 108-97 win over his former team.