11/19/2012 04:05 pm ET

Metta World Peace Elbows Jeremy Lin: Did Lakers Forward Hit Lin On Purpose?

Metta World Peace's elbow struck again.

Early in the third quarter against Houston on Sunday night, the Lakers had a 4-on-1 fast break advantage when World Peace got the ball on the baseline and attacked the basket. Jeremy Lin was the only one who ran back on defense and fouled him on purpose to prevent an easy basket. Just after the whistle, as World Peace attempted to finish the play for a +1 continuation, the Lakers' forward swung his elbow around and clocked Lin in the face.

It's unclear whether World Peace intentionally elbowed Lin. To his credit, Peace immediately checked to see if Lin was okay after the impact. Nevertheless, the officials handed World Peace a technical foul -- on a play where he was fouled.

Coincidentally, Lin's teammate James Harden was on the receiving end of a much more vicious elbow from World Peace last year when he was with Oklahoma City. That elbow earned World Peace a seven-game suspension.

While few believed that World Peace didn't do it on purpose, there were several (including the CSN Houston announcers of course) who thought he intentionally fouled Lin.