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DETROIT – The Detroit Pistons have taken all kinds of lumps during the first few weeks of the season.

Their fiery second-year center who played high school basketball in Rochester, wasn’t about to back down from the one he got on Sunday, even if it came from the world’s most famous athlete.

LeBron James whacked Isaiah Stewart in the face, resulting in a bloody mess that required eight stitches. Stewart, who also attended elementary school in Rochester, reacted with rage and needed to be restrained multiple times during a third-quarter fracas between the Los Angeles Lakers and Pistons.

“His eye got cracked all the way open,” coach Dwane Casey said. “He was upset for a reason. I don’t think that James is a dirty player but it got them going, instead of continuing the momentum that we had.”

Detroit Pistons center Isaiah Stewart runs after Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James after being hit in the face by James. Both players were ejected from the game Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021 at Little Caesars Arena.

The altercation occurred early in the second half with the Pistons holding a 12-point lead. They eventually pushed that advantage to 17, but the Lakers roared back for a 121-116 victory.

Stewart sustained a large cut under his right eye during a Jerami Grant free throw while battling for position between James and DeAndre Jordan. Stewart was knocked to the floor. Once he got up, he immediately exchanged words with the long-time superstar and then tried to go after him.

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