The Cavs small forward was sent off after arguing with referee Kane Fitzgerald about a no-call late in the third quarter, following a drive to the basket against his old team. But Fitzgerald called a technical foul against the Cleveland star over his loud protests, and ejected him from the game.
LeBron finished with 21 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, five steals, a block and two turnovers in 29 minutes of work, leaving things well in hand as he took his leave.
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Historically, James has largely avoided discipline from referees.
It was the first time in his 15-year career that he had been sent off.
It was the first time James has been thrown out in 1,082 career games.
While the Cleveland Cavaliers were playing the Miami Heat, Kanter chimed in on James' ejection by taking a shot on Twitter. Before the game ended, he liked Odell Beckham's Instagram (which was a picture of James), which was posted during the second half of the Cavs-Heat game.More news: Holdout Senators Ron Johnson and Bob Corker Pass Tax Bill Through Committee