Lotta pushing, lotta pointing, no punching and a bunch of overreaction.
Welcome to the world of NBA fighting, with this episode featuring Serge Ibaka, Blake Griffin and Matt Barnes.
If you didn’t watch the game live, check the video above for the full altercation.
Basically, Ibaka got ticked off after Griffin hooked his arm for a few seconds following a foul call. Ibaka gave him a little shove, leading the typically even-keeled Matt Barnes (joking) to nail Ibaka with retaliation push. Then, everyone kinda congregated for awhile in an NBA mosh pit.
After the dust settled, the refs, surprisingly, ejected Barnes and Ibaka, while keeping Griffin in the game with just a technical.
The trade-off proved vital for the Clippers. At the time of the ejections, Ibaka was 6/6 for 13 points, while Barnes was 0/5 for zero. Blake Griffin finished the game with 22 points/12 rebounds and the Clippers, who were trailing by six at the time of the altercation, won by eight.
Kendrick Perkins weighs in:
-Matt Barnes taking the family with him on his way out (hilarious GIF via SB Nation)
-Matt Barnes with a profanity-laced warning to his teammates: