OAKLAND, Calif. -- Clearly, the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors hate each other. They have displayed that animosity in both games they have played against each other this season.
There were two more incidents Wednesday night. Blake Griffin was involved in both, both leading to technical fouls and the second getting him ejected in the fourth quarter.
When the teams decided just to play basketball, it turned out to be an exciting and thrilling, back-and-forth game that the Clippers lost, 105-103, at Oracle Arena.
Chris Paul (26 points, 11 assists) missed two shots that could have tied the game late. He had one shot blocked out of bounds by Klay Thompson with one second left.
Finally, Jamal Crawford missed an off-balance, potential game-winning three-pointer as time expired.
But even in the end, the Clippers and Warriors were on the court trash-talking instead of going to their locker rooms.
Both sides had to be separated by their coaches and security.
"Honestly, I thought we were kicking their butt and they went to something else," Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said of the rough play. "But that's fine. We have to have better composure and just keep playing."
The Clippers had an early 13-point lead wiped away when things heated up at end of the third quarter.
Griffin and Warriors reserve Draymond Green stood at half court and did a lot of trash-talking, leading to what was originally called a double technical on each player.
But after the officials reviewed the play, Green was called for a flagrant foul two for hitting Griffin in the neck area when the two were going for a rebound. Green was ejected from the game.
Then with 10:43 left in a tie game at 78-78, Griffin and Andrew Bogut got mixed up and had to be separated.
Bogut was called for a flagrant foul one and Griffin received a technical foul.
The loss of Griffin and his 20 points on eight-for-16 shooting, 14 rebounds and five assists was bigger for the Clippers.
"To be honest, I though I got two technicals for nothing," Griffin said. "It all boils down to they (officials) fell for it. I think it's cowardly basketball."
There were problems during the first game between the teams this season on Halloween at Staples Center. DeAndre Jordan and Bogut were issued technical fouls for pushing each other.
Paul glared at Klay Thompson frequently after scoring over the Warrior attempted to defend the Clippers' All-Star guard.
Griffin bumped into Warriors Coach Mark Jackson on the sideline when the Clippers' forward took the ball out of bounds in front of Golden State's bench.
But this feud actually began last season, a season in which the Warriors won the series 3-1, leaving the Clippers feeling bitter toward their Northern California counterparts.
The Clippers felt as if the Warriors celebrated way too much after making shots. The Clippers were amused at Jackson when he glared at them during a timeout of L.A.'s only victory.
Griffin said after practice Tuesday that there was nothing to the feud.
"I don't dislike them more than any other team," Griffin maintained. "I honestly think that's something people make up themselves to create a story."
The Clippers and Warriors play twice more, on Jan. 30 in Oakland and on March 12 at Staples Center.
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