Rajon Rondo's Girlfriend 'Shoves' Chris Paul's Wife as Lakers Vs Rockets Brawl Spills Off Court

Chris Paul #3 of the Houston Rockets is restrained by LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers after a fight involving Rajon Rondo #9 and Brandon Ingram #14 of the Los Angeles Lakers during a 124-1115 Rockets win at Staples Center on October 20 in Los Angeles, California. Harry How/Getty Images

LeBron James's home debut for the Los Angeles Lakers was overshadowed by a major brawl that saw punches flying on the court.

The melee broke out on Saturday night, with the Houston Rockets 109-108 ahead late in the fourth quarter, when Lakers guard Rajon Rondo threw a punch toward Rockets point guard Chris Paul after the latter had poked a finger onto his face.

Lakers forward Brandon Ingram then sprinted from half-court looking to land a punch on Paul, before a host of other players got involved.

Chris Paul, Brandon Ingram and Rajon Rondo have been ejected after throwing blows in L.A. pic.twitter.com/s28TT81eys

— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 21, 2018

It would appear, however, that the fight was not limited to the court and the players and spilled into the stands, with some of the players' partners getting involved.

According to The Athletic, one of Rondo's family members confronted Paul's wife, Jada. An eyewitness told a reporter from The Los Angeles Sentinel that Rondo's girlfriend "shoved" Paul's wife before security intervened.

Sources on @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium: Along with Chris Paul/Rajon Rondo altercation in Lakers-Rockets, one of Rondo’s family members confronted Paul’s wife, Jada. NBA investigating tonight’s on-court altercations ahead of Rockets/Clippers on Sunday.

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 21, 2018

An eyewitness told @thelasentinel Ramon Rondo’s significant other shoved Jada Paul, Chris Paul’s wife, who was sitting next to Savannah James. Security immediately broke the two up.

— Laurantine (@LoJoMedia) October 21, 2018

While the off-court shenanigans are yet to be dealt with, the NBA swiftly handed out punishment to the players.

Ingram and Rondo were suspended for four and three games respectively, while Paul received a two-game ban for his role in the melee, which he began serving on Sunday night as he sat out the Rockets' 115-112 defeat against the Clippers in Los Angeles.

"Ingram has been suspended for aggressively returning to and escalating the altercation and throwing a punch in the direction of Paul, confronting a game official in a hostile manner, and instigating the overall incident by shoving Rockets guard James Harden," the NBA said in a statement.

"Rondo has been suspended for instigating a physical altercation with, and spitting and throwing multiple punches at, Paul. Paul has been suspended for poking at and making contact with the face of Rondo, and throwing multiple punches at him."

Following the altercation, Paul insisted he had poked Rondo after the Lakers guard allegedly spat in his face, an accusation the latter vehemently denied.

According to ESPN, Rondo denied spitting at Paul, indicating the mouthguard he was wearing would have made spitting very difficult, while Lakers coach Luke Walton denied the guard had indeed spat at the Rockets point guard.

However, Rob Perez, the co-host of the popular BUCKETS show, pointed out on Twitter that while someone may have spat on Paul, the incident was far from deliberate and in fact the saliva may have come from one of his own teammates.

#SpitGate FINAL

After barking something, Melo licks his lips twice same time as Chris Paul wipes his face.

Unintentional friendly fire.
Case closed. pic.twitter.com/B6qrDcyQff

— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) October 21, 2018

The Rockets eventually won the game 124-115, temporarily moving to 1-1 before Sunday's defeat against the Clippers, while the Lakers remain winless after two games.