During the second quarter of Cavs-Knicks Monday, James got into with Kanter, or rather, Kanter got into it with James after Ntilikina pushed off James for getting in his space.
Kanter immediately rushed over to get involved, with teammates trying to separate them.
Actually, Knicks SG Courtney Lee stuck up for Kanter, Cavs F Channing Frye pulled LeBron away, and Dwyane Wade acted as the diplomat as others just kind of looked on.
Both James and Kanter got technicals for the scuffle and New York was feeling pretty good heading into halftime up 51-38. Ntilikina even talked about the team’s solidarity heading into the break: “We’re together,” the rookie said. “That’s it. We’re together, and if a team wants to go at us, we’ll fight together.”
LeBron James won this round of his feud with the Knicks. pic.twitter.com/aQeZN80x7w
— ESPN (@espn) November 14, 2017
You really can’t blame the Knicks for feeling good until you remember that LeBron James is your opponent.
James, who is really good at channeling frustration, led Cleveland back from a 23-point deficit in the second half and came close to finishing the night with a triple-double (23 points, 12 assists, and nine rebounds) in the 104-101 win at MSG.
Kanter didn’t let it go after the game and told Newsday: “I don’t care who you are. What do you call yourself? King, Queen, Princess. Whatever you are. We’re gonna fight. Nobody out there is going to punk us.”
Except, they kinda got punked.
James responded in true LeBron fashion when told about Kanter’s comments.
“I’m the King, my wife is the queen, and my daughter is the princess, so we got all those covered,” the four-time MVP said.
When LeBron was asked what happened in the scuffle, he kept his cool as a cucumber demeanor.
“Nothing. We got the win.”
Watch The Scuffle:
LeBron James and Enes Kanter get in a little scuffle. pic.twitter.com/XlLBqH0Z7c
— Jordan Heck (@JordanHeckFF) November 14, 2017