NBA: Griffin Shouldn’t Have Been Ejected
New York — The NBA said Thursday that its referees made a mistake when they ejected Los Angeles forward Blake Griffin in the Clippers’ 105-103 loss at Golden State on Wednesday night.
Griffin was ejected for his second technical with 10:43 left after scuffling with Andrew Bogut, following Warriors forward Draymond Green to the showers after they got into it at the end of the third.
“After a league review of the Clippers-Warriors game, we have come to the conclusion that Blake Griffin should not have been ejected from the game,” said Rod Thorn, the NBA’s president of basketball operations.
“A common foul should have been called on Griffin for initially attempting to dislodge the Warriors’ Andrew Bogut and a technical foul should have been assessed to Bogut for grabbing Griffin by the shirt and wrestling with him.”
With Griffin gone, the Clippers missed several key chances in the waning moments.
Hawks 127, Cavaliers 125 (2ot)
Cleveland — Jeff Teague scored a career-high 34 points, including a 20-foot jumper at the buzzer in the second overtime, to give Atlanta a win over Cleveland.
Teague’s fallaway jumper over Tristan Thompson bounced off the rim five times before falling through the net to give Atlanta the victory. Teague fell to the floor after shooting the ball and was mobbed by his teammates.
Teague’s 3-pointer with 4.9 seconds left tied the game at 108-all in the first overtime.
Kyrie Irving led Cleveland with 40 points, including 12 in the second OT.
Rockets 100, Grizzlies 92
Houston — James Harden scored 11 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter, helping Houston rally over Memphis.
Harden struggled from the field, going 2 for 9, but was 22 of 25 from the free throw line. He made 9 of 11 foul shots in the final quarter.
Jeremy Lin had 14 of his 18 points in the fourth as Houston won for the third time in four games.
The Rockets were coming off an impressive 111-98 victory at San Antonio on Christmas.
Houston center Dwight Howard battled foul trouble for most of the night and was held to two points and six rebounds.