The Clippers took down the Rockets 113-102 on Monday night in L.A. in an emotional game for many involved, as it was the first meeting between the two teams that made one of the NBA’s biggest blockbuster trades this summer.
It was the first matchup between Chris Paul and his old Clippers squad after he asked to be traded to Houston in June, and it was also the first time the former Rockets who were dealt to L.A. for Paul got to play against their old team, as well. The game got chippy late, with Blake Griffin at the center of some minor incidents with Paul, Trevor Ariza and even Mike D’Antoni after trying to bump into the Rockets’ coach late in the fourth quarter.
The real fireworks came in the Clippers’ locker room after the game, though.
A hallway connects the visitor’s locker room with the Clippers’ locker room at Staples Center, and Chris Paul, James Harden, Trevor Ariza and Gerald Green allegedly used that to barge into the L.A. locker room in an effort to confront Griffin and Austin Rivers. There are numerous reports confirming the incident took place, from Lee Jenkins at SI, Adrian Wojnarowski at ESPN and Sam Amick at USA Today, among others.