The Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers got into a skirmish at the end of their game Sunday that resulted in ejections for Lamar Odom, Ron Artest, Blake Griffin and Baron Davis. Posted by Ben Golliver.
The giant-killing Los Angeles Clippers did it again on Sunday, defeating the Los Angeles Lakers in the same week that they toppled the mighty Miami Heat. But the Clippers' victory wasn't without some endgame drama, as a skirmish broke out in the game's final seconds that resulted in four players being ejected.
During a Randy Foye free throw that gave the Clippers a 98-90 lead with less than six seconds remaining in the game, Clippers forward Blake Griffin shoved Lakers forward Lamar Odom underneath the basket as they jockeyed for rebounding position. Considering the game was already in hand, it was an unnecessary play by Griffin, but it's fairly understandable because Griffin doesn't have an off switch. He goes hard. Always.
After Foye's free throw went in the hoop, Odom grasped Griffin's jersey and swung him, and the two stared each other down. Clippers point guard Baron Davis raced into the scrum to separate the two combatants, leading Odom to give Davis a slight shove in return, which led to more jawing. Lakers forward Ron Artest then entered the fray, attempting to extricate Odom from the group from behind, to no avail. That led Artest to swing his arms out a bit in the general direction of Foye. Eventually, the referees were able to separate the two teams and complete the game's final six seconds.
When all was said and done, Odom, Artest, Griffin and Davis were all ejected from the game.
Here's the Clippers feed video of the skirmish, courtesy of YouTube user nbafufu.
Here's the Lakers feed video of the incident, courtesy of YouTube user NBAPlaybook.
Back in December, Portland Trail Blazers point guard Andre Miller took exception to Griffin in a similar situation, as Miller was upset that Griffin shoved him in the back while attempting to gain rebounding position on consecutive plays. Miller retaliated by body-checking Griffin at full speed, which resulted in a fine and one-game suspension by the NBA.
After the game resumed, the Clippers held on for a 99-92 victory. With the win, the Clippers improved to 14-25 on the season. The Lakers dropped to 30-12.