LOS ANGELES — The Clippers defeated Chris Paul and the visiting Houston Rockets 113-102 Monday night, but it was the action after the game that took all the headlines as Paul, James Harden and Trevor Ariza made their way into the Clippers’ side of the locker room. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Rockets forward Trevor Ariza was the “most aggressive and determined” to enter the locker room from a back hallway that Paul more than likely led them to.
Houston Rockets’ players James Harden, Trevor Ariza and Gerald Green pushed into Clippers locker room post-game looking to confront Austin Rivers, league sources tell ESPN. Security escorted Rockets out before anything turned physical.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 16, 2018
“I saw (the situation unfold) near our locker room,” head coach Doc Rivers told reporters. “Let’s put it like this: We were all – our team (was) in our locker room. That’s all I’ll say. I’ll let you do the rest of the investigation. I will say, their entire team was not in their locker room. Now you’re going to have to figure it out from there, but I’ve led you pretty well on that one.”
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— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 16, 2018
From all accounts of the story, it seems to be that Ariza led the charge, with Paul, James Harden and Gerald Green following as the Rockets made their way through the Clippers training room and into the locker room through a back hallway that media don’t have direct access to.
Words were exchanged, with Clippers point guard Pat Beverley supposedly one of the louder ones. Clippers security officials intervened before any punches were thrown.
Lou Williams led the Clippers with 31 points and nine assists.