Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul, left, tries to drive by Los Angeles Clippers forward Sam Dekker during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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Chris Paul came back to Staples Center to play against his old team and things got heated.Paul had 19 points, six rebounds and seven assists for the Rockets, whose three-game winning streak ended.Griffin scored under the basket and Paul was called for a foul. Paul ran over to the referees in disbelief. On his way back up court, Griffin went out of bounds and bumped Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni, who became irate and cursed in Griffin's direction.The referees reviewed video of the play and confirmed the foul on Paul, while also assessing double technicals to Griffin and D'Antoni.Nine seconds later, Griffin and Trevor Ariza received double technicals after exchanging words, and both were ejected.Griffin and Williams dominated the third quarter, combining for 20 points while extending the Clippers' lead to 92-84 . Griffin ran off nine in a row and Williams added two 3-pointers.Rivers said the Clippers didn't mention Paul in their pregame discussions.... Besides Paul, the ex-Clippers on the Rockets' roster are Gordon and Luc Mbah a Moute.... The Clippers are 2-0 vs. the Rockets, having won by 10 points on Dec. 22 .Clippers: Host the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday to end a three-game homestand.
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