Lakers small forward LeBron James was whistled for a technical foul after giving Houston Rockets’ Dillon Brooks a shove during Los Angeles’ 105-104 win on Sunday.
With just under 11 minutes remaining in the third quarter, Brooks was called for a reaching foul as he guarded James on a drive to the basket.
As James then walked to prepare himself for the ball to be inbounded, he used his forearm to bump Brooks in the chest which drew the technical foul.
The incident comes after James and Brooks had a hilarious stare down during their previous matchup.
James scored a season-high 37 points, including the go-ahead free throw with 1.9 seconds remaining.
Lakers SF LeBron James was given a technical foul for lightly shoving Rockets SF Dillon Brooks
James scored a season-high 37 points, including the go-ahead free throw in the Lakers win
The two players shared a face-to-face stare down from point blank range in their last meeting
It was James´ fifth 30-point game this season and his fourth in his last seven as the Lakers have won five of their last six.
Alperen Sengun’s layup tied it with four seconds remaining when the Lakers called timeout. Austin Reaves passed it into James, who was fouled by Tari Eason as he drove inside. James missed the first free throw, but made the second.
Houston, which did not have a timeout left, got the ball to midcourt, but Dillon Brooks’ 3-point attempt was offline. The Rockets dropped their second straight after winning six in a row.
Earlier in the game, James became the fourth player in NBA history with at least 10,500 assists. He also tied Vince Carter for seventh on the 3-pointers list with 2,290, and moved past Clyde Drexler for eighth on the steals list at 2,208.
Anthony Davis added 27 points and 10 rebounds, but fouled out with 58 seconds remaining. Austin Raves came off the bench and had 17 points.
Brooks led the Rockets with 24 points, including a season-high six 3-pointers, and Sengun had 23.