After the game is when things really got a little nuts as Rockets players reportedly tried forcing their way over to the Clippers locker room to settle things one way or the other.
If you somehow haven't heard by now, Chris Paul and his Rockets teammates attempted to storm the Clippers' locker room after losing to Los Angeles at the Staples Center on Monday night. According to reports, the tension didn't stop after the final buzzer sounded, with several Rockets players apparently going to the Clippers' locker room to confront Austin Rivers, who was sidelined from the game with an injury. They continue to maintain, 'Hey, we were in our locker room.
Rockets guard joined Ariza, Paul and Harden through the connecting hallway and breached the entrance of the home team's locker room.
In Chris Paul's heated return to Staples Center against his former team, he received a standing ovation from Clippers fans, along with more than a few boos.
It came on a day which featured several ejections from National Basketball Association games, including Australian and Philadelphia star Ben Simmons, Oklahoma City star Russell Westbrook and Clippers power forward Blake Griffin.
Lou Williams scored 31 points, Blake Griffin added 29 before his ejection. "You know, it's an emotional game". The next time the Clippers and Rockets face each other is February 28 in Los Angeles.
The Rockets are also very much in the thick of things heading down the home stretch, just 4.5 games behind the Golden State Warriors for the top seed in the Western Conference.
Asked what he told Griffin, Paul said, "Whatever it was, I'm sure my mama is going to tell me to watch my mouth".
Rivers said the Clippers didn't mention Paul in their pregame discussions. "We don't talk about him".
The confrontation was broken up before it turned physical. The Clippers next play Wednesday against Denver, and Houston is off until it plays host to Minnesota on Thursday.
After the Clippers erased a 10-point deficit with a 14-2 run in the second quarter, Williams helped close the half with nine consecutive points as the Clippers took a 59-56 halftime lead. By then, he would have missed three straight games.
At the end of the day, nothing actually happened between the Rockets and Clippers, so these jokes are all in good fun. Williams, Dekker, Montrezl Harrell and injured Patrick Beverley are ex-Rockets.
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