This was one way to end an NBA holiday. With tremendous action taking place all around the NBA to commemorate MLK Day, the final game of Monday’s slate was among the most intriguing.
It included Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul returning to Los Angeles after being dealt from the Clippers during the summer. In the end, Los Angeles came out on top by the score of 113-102.
But that’s not the story here. Not even close.
The game itself was contentious from the get.
Blake Griffin …
— Got into it with Mike D'Antoni and Chris Paul
— Got his shorts ripped by Trevor Ariza
— Threw the ball dodgeball-style at Eric Gordon
— Got ejected and threw his jersey into the crowd on the way out pic.twitter.com/O4JeNK5UkI
— Yahoo Sports NBA (@YahooSportsNBA) January 16, 2018
That pretty much summed up Blake Griffin’s night. But prior to that final altercation that got him ejected from the game late in the fourth, we can see Griffin getting into it with Paul.
CP3 & Blake Griffin going at it. ? pic.twitter.com/cGCkdvXN6p
— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) January 16, 2018
He also shared words with Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni during the game. Again, that’s not the story here. Instead, it was injured Clippers guard Austin Rivers getting into it with Rockets players, Trevor Ariza included.
Apparently, this led to multiple Rockets players attempting to enter the Clippers locker room to apparently fight (or at least confront) both Griffin and Rivers.
Rockets players were clamoring for Blake Griffin too, league sources said. Chris Paul also entered with other Rockers players through a backstory that connects team dressing rooms. https://t.co/BRgyHe1WgL
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 16, 2018
While nothing turned violent, the Los Angeles Police Department was actually called to the scene. Really.
LAPD was called into the locker room area. Now hearing Chris Paul stayed out of it, 3 Rockets players were going after Austin Rivers.
— Ashley Brewer (@ESPNAshley) January 16, 2018
There likely won’t be much more on this incident until later on Tuesday. But it’s readily apparent that emotion and anger boiled over. The end result was what could have very well been an ugly scene inside the Staples Center. Luckily, security was on hand to maintain control over the situation.
We’ll obviously have more information as it becomes available.