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WATCH: Chris Paul with blatantly dirty play on LeBron James

Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Paul and LeBron James might be best buds off the court. But when it comes to competing on the NBA hardwood, the two will go at it.

In no way does that mean what we saw from the Houston Rockets’ guard against his counterpart Thursday evening was justified.

Attempting to grab a rebound against James in the low post, Paul turned in an absolutely dirty play.

Check out as the future Hall of Fame guard grabs James’ left arm and forces it back into an unnatural position.

As you can see, King James was in immediate pain after the play in question. The good news for Lakers fans is that the appears to be alright. If this were any other player, we might be looking at a serious injury.

There’s really no room in the game for this type of dirty play. We’ll see if Paul hears from the NBA league office on Friday.