The Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors were certainly not in the Christmas spirit when they played each other Wednesday night.
Golden State won, 105-103, but not before Clippers forward Blake Griffin and the Warriors’ Draymond Green were both ejected in separate incidents.
With more than 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter, Griffin and Andrew Bogut got tangled up fighting for a rebound. Bogut was assessed a flagrant-1 foul, while Griffin received his second technical foul, which is an automatic ejection.
“Instead of just playing straight up and playing a game, it got into something more than that, and it’s unfortunate because you want to play a team head-to-head,” Griffin said (via ESPN). “You don’t want to start playing other games and playing cowardly basketball.”
At the start of the fourth quarter, Green was called for a flagrant-2 foul and ejected after officials reviewed the final play of the third period where Green threw an elbow at Griffin’s head.
Griffin received his first technical for talking back to Green.
Clippers Coach Doc Rivers also took exception to the way the game played out.
“Honestly, I thought we were just kicking their butts and they went to something else, to be honest,” said Rivers (via ESPN), whose team was leading 78-75 after three quarters. “But that’s fine.”
To top it off, there was a brief skirmish between the teams near the Warriors bench when Clippers point guard attempted take the ball out of Bogut’s hand after a missed three-pointer from Jamal Crawford.
Warriors Coach Mark Jackson said that his team has “nothing but respect” for the Clippers.
“It’s just physical basketball,” Jackson said (via ESPN). “We don’t get caught up in it. Fouls, hard fouls, rebounds and screens — just good old-fashioned basketball. Two teams were playing for something. At the end of the day we know they are a very good basketball team.”