Both were hit with technical fouls.
The score-113-102 to the Clippers-had nearly been forgotten by the time the smoke from the rubble had lifted above downtown Los Angeles, lost amid reports of locker-room raids, espionage and, oh, the intervention of the LAPD.
Rockets guard Gerald Green also joined the trio in the connecting hallway and breached the entrance of the Clippers' locker room. They looked innocent the moment the Rockets came into the locker room. In 24 games, he is averaging 18.6 points, 9.2 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 1.9 steals and his 3-point shooting (38 percent) and free-throw shooting (92 percent) are above his career averages. "For us, we've got to be better". After all, they were adding one of the top point guards in the game. Griffin was fouled later in the game and exchanged more verbal jabs with the Rockets' coach. Paul ran over to the referees in disbelief. "They were holding Trevor back", the source said. "I didn't appreciate it".
Clippers coach Doc Rivers said he had seen a similar coach-player incident.
Before the game, after Paul had talked to a group of fans in the stands, he hugged Jordan and Clippers assistant coach Sam Cassell at midcourt. When he stopped laughing hysterically, he mimicked the Clippers: "Hello police, Chris Paul trying to beat me up". "I'm sure. you know, whatever", D'Antoni told reporters in his postgame comments. "Whatever it is, I'm sure my mama is going to tell me to wash my mouth".More news: Giants to hire Pat Shurmur as head coach
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"He asked me if I was still coming to his birthday party, and I said 'yeah, I'm gonna try.' So yeah, we have a different relationship", Griffin said.
Tensions were high on the court and off the court on Martin Luther King Jr.
"I played in the National Basketball Association for 16 years, and I've been on TV 18 years. He felt like somebody tried to do dirty to him", Rivers said. "Get down here. Save me". "Day, we're non-violent".
Meanwhile, D'Antoni began cursing at Griffin and Griffin later admitted he returned the same two-word phrase to D'Antoni. "We took our loss, you know what I mean, tough loss".
A good trade could poise the team for a spot at the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010.
And it was Williams who tore the Rockets apart with 31 points and nine assists, giving the Clippers a season-high five-game winning streak and lifting them above.500 for the first time since November 4, when they were 5-4.