Meet me in your mentions: Rockets-Clippers continue conversation after game

Lynette Rowe
January 17, 2018

"You got Luc Mbah a Moute that is with the Houston Rockets, he was with the Clippers previous year". When Griffin became entangled with several Rockets on a drive to the basket, things got heated between him and Rockets' head coach Mike D'Antoni prompting the coach to scream "F-- you" toward Griffin as officials stepped in to separate the two. If that wasn't enough, with just 9 seconds left in the game, Griffin and Ariza received double technicals after exchanging words and both were ejected.

Tempers flared at the end of Monday's Rockets-Clippers game and, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, those tempers extended into the locker room.

"We were where we were supposed to be", Griffin said. "Then I seen him talking insane to Coach, so I'm always going to have Coach's back".

The teams meet two more times this season.

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D'Antoni was asked what he had said to Griffin. Rivers was cheering loudly from the bench after Griffin got into it with several Rockets players. But those expected to be out Monday include center DeAndre Jordan (ankle), forward Danilo Gallinari (glute), guard C. J. Williams (ankle) and guard Austin Rivers (ankle). The security had to escort the players out before it turned ugly. They had their impressive 14-game win streak, that was then followed by a five-game skid, including that December 22 loss to the Clippers as Paul missed three contests.

And it was Williams who tore the Rockets apart with 31 points and nine assists, giving the Clippers a season-high five-game winning streak and lifting them above.500 for the first time since November 4, when they were 5-4.

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