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.
The Clippers faithful are familiar with Paul's explosive nature on the court, and he was Houston's top scorer with 19 points in a game that remained close until the third quarter.
James Harden, Trevor Ariza and Gerald Green tried to go after Austin Rivers. Apparently Chris Paul stayed out of the scuffle.— Ashley Brewer (@abc7ashley) January 16, 2018
That's when Griffin helped the Clippers pull away to a double-digit lead. Even the team's owner, Steve Balmer, was seen dancing in the aisles.
Tempers erupted several times during the game, with Paul and Griffin exchanging harsh words at one point. Trevor Ariza, a former UCLA Bruin and ex-Laker, had a verbal exchange with the Clippers' bench.
After L.A.'s win, Ariza and teammates James Harden and Gerald Green entered the Clippers' locker room to confront Austin Rivers but were escorted out by security personnel, according to multiple sources.
Asked about it, Clippers coach Doc Rivers would only say his team was in its own locker room. "Their entire team was not in their locker room," he said, referring to the Rockets.
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 (@abc7ashley) January 16, 2018
Walking into his postgame interview, Rivers joked, "We're honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we're non-violent."
Asked if there was a postgame confrontation, Paul replied: "I don't know ... We took our loss. You know what I mean? Tough loss."
A reporter posed the same question to Griffin in a separate interview.
"We were where we were supposed to be -- we were in our locker room," Griffin said. "So whatever happens over there -- I mean, we can't control what anybody else does. We control what we did. We were in our locker room, everybody was in our seats. That was it."