To morning sports news, and a bit of hell broke loose in the NBA game between the LA Lakers and Detroit Pistons.

After copping an errant elbow to the face from Lebron James, Pistons player Isaiah Stewart was keen to settle some differences.

So much so that Stewart’s team-mates and coaches had a job on their hands to keep him from returning fire.

Both James and Stewart were ejected, and Stewart was last seen getting free in the tunnel to presumably chase after Lebron again.

The Lakers ended up prevailing, 121-116.

On markets, the ASX 200 has started the week on a flat note with a drop of around 0.4% in early Monday trade.

Energy stocks are dragging, amid continued pressure on oil prices as multiple European countries roll out harder lockdowns to combat more COVID-19 outbreaks.

Banking stocks also continue to underperform, with the ASX 200 Financials index now down more than 5% from its November highs.

There were few standout sectors across the board as major gold stocks also fell sharply, although there was at least one big gold winner at the small end of town (read on below).

Looking at the week ahead, US core PCE inflation data on Wednesday night looms as a key risk event, before US markets are closed on Thursday for Thanksgiving.
 

ASX SMALL CAP WINNERS

Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks for November 22 [intraday]:

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E2 Metals (ASX:E2M) ripped higher at the opening bell and held its gains into midday trade, after unearthing some “significant gold mineralisation” from the first scout holes at its Andrea Sur project in Argentina.

Get the full resources wrap here.

Shares in product authentication company YPB Group (ASX:YPB) have been hopping about lately and the stock ticked higher again this morning on no news.

In tech, Indoor Skydive Australia (ASX:IDZ) continued its recent rally after announcing the launch of its fourth ‘FREAK’ gaming entertainment centre in Macquarie shopping centre in Sydney.

Elsewhere, Anteris Technologies (ASX:AVR) jumped by around 20% after announcing that it has implanted five TAVR patients in a first-in-human study to assess the DurAVR THV system for the treatment of severe aortic stenosis
 

ASX SMALL CAP LOSERS

Here are the worst performing ASX small cap stocks for November 22 [intraday]:

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