LOS ANGELES — Houston’s James Harden, Trevor Ariza and Gerald Green pushed into the LA Clippers‘ locker room Monday night looking to confront Austin Rivers after the Rockets‘ 113-102 loss, league sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Security escorted the Rockets players out before anything turned physical, the sources said.
Austin Rivers, in street clothes on the sideline as he recovers from an ankle injury, could be seen exchanging heated words with Ariza late in the fourth quarter before Griffin got between the two of them.
Things had turned testy with 3½ minutes to play.
Griffin scored under the basket and Paul was called for a foul. Paul ran over to the referees in disbelief, while Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni appeared to unleash expletives in Griffin’s direction.
The referees reviewed video of the play and confirmed the foul on Paul, while also assessing double technicals to Griffin and D’Antoni.
The crowd was on its feet with 1:12 to go after Griffin caught the ball near the midcourt sideline and slammed it off Eric Gordon‘s back in order to keep it from going out of bounds. Nine seconds later, Griffin and Ariza received double technicals after exchanging words, and both were ejected.
Griffin high-fived players on the Clippers’ bench as he stormed off the court, tearing off his jersey in the process.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.