Breaking down Lakers-Clippers' chippy play
1st quarter, 9:40-9:33
Just as Pau Gasol established post position, Clippers forward Blake Griffin pushed him out of the block. But that only threw Griffin off-balance and gave Gasol a clearer path to the lane. Paul crept in on a double team but Gasol spun around both Griffin and Paul for a fadeaway jumper. As soon as Gasol sank the shot, he raised his elbow up, suggesting Griffin had fouled him. Instead, Gasol received a technical.
2nd quarter, 9:16 - 9:14
After Caron Butler's missed three-pointer hit the back rim and went over the basket, Gasol pushed Reggie Evans to create more leverage on the box-out. Gasol then tossed him to the ground. That prompted Clippers forward Solomon Jones to push Gasol from behind, resulting in a near skirmish.
"If Pau's involved, it's definitely verbal," Fox Sports West's Stu Lantz said.
2nd quarter, 8:58
The Lakers were about to gather together during a timeout. Out of nowhere, Evans stepped in between the team and started mouthing off to Metta World Peace.
In the replay above, World Peace clearly said, "You're soft" to Evans and likely a few profanities as well.
3rd Quarter, 7:35, 1:00 mark in video above
World Peace is hardly living up to his reputation's name. He deflected Griffin's pass toward Butler and it almost escalated into a skirmish. World Peace relentlessly pursued a possible loose ball. His numerous swipe attempts around Griffin causing him to fall to the ground. Instead, Metta wound up on the ground with his legs wrapped around Griffin's head and nearly sitting on him.
Lakers and Clippers teammates stormed to halfcourt to prevent a skirmish. Before thing settled down, however, Clippers center DeAndre Jordan and World Peace exchanged words and pushes before officials intervened. This led to Lakers announcer Lawrence Tanter delivering this fantastic line:
"The officials will review the last (pause)... scenario."
Officials declined to give World Peace a technical foul and instead gave the Lakers a jump ball. If his name were Ron Artest, it may have been a different story.
4th quarter, 10:46
As rookie Andrew Goudelock ran the court in transition on his way to the basket, Clippers guard Mo Williams delivered a near clothesline by grabbing him on the shoulders. The 18,997 at Staples Center erupted as Willliams was given a flagrant foul type 1.
4th quarter, 9:47 - 9:35
After Evans set a pick on Goudelock at the top of the key, Williams drove through the lane. Gasol shut off the lane and then crashed the glass, but Evans pushed him over the back to get him out of position. After Evans was called for the foul, he and Lakers forward Josh McRoberts jawed with each other. After Evans raised his elbow at McRoberts' shoulder, Mac pushed him back. The sequence resulted in double technicals, but it didn't stop there. Eight seconds later, McRoberts was tossed after it appeared he swung around Evans' waist on the other end of the court.
4th quarter, 1.6 seconds
After Griffin fouled Gasol with 1.1 seconds left, Clippers guard Chris Paul attempted to swipe the ball from Gasol's hands while the two sniped at each other. Bryant also stepped in, jawing continuously at the Clippers guard as Gasol walked to the free-throw line.
Gasol then put his hand on top of Paul's hand, which prompted the Clippers guard to shove Gasol's hand away and tap him on his head.
— Mark Medina
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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, left, greets Clippers forward Blake Griffin prior to the start of Wednesday's game. Credit: Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press / January 25, 2012