Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin called out the Golden State Warriors for playing "cowardly basketball" after his ejection in the fourth quarter of Wednesday night's game.
Griffin was angry after he was whistled for his second technical of the game when he became entangled with Golden State forward Andrew Bogut in the lane and tried to pull away with 10:43 left. The NBA announced Thursday that the game officials erred in ejecting Griffin.
The Warriors trailed after three quarters but rallied for a 105-103 win over the Clippers.
"If you look at it, I didn't do anything and I got thrown out of the game," Griffin said. "It all boils down to they (referees) fell for it. To me, that's cowardly. That's cowardly basketball."
Griffin was called for his first technical at the end of the third quarter when he spoke to Warriors forward Draymond Green about being elbowed. Green was ejected for a flagrant-2 foul. On Thursday, Green was fined $15,000 by the league for not leaving the court in a timely manner.
--Miami Heat forward LeBron James added another accomplishment to his long list on Thursday when he was named the Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year for 2013.
James, who led the Heat to their second consecutive NBA championship in June and was selected for his fourth league MVP award, received 31 of 96 votes in the AP balloting. Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning finished second with 20 votes and NASCAR Sprint Cup Jimmy Johnson was third with seven.
--Miami Heat forward LeBron James and Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant are the top vote-getters from their respective conferences for the 2014 NBA All-Star Game in the latest results announced by the league on Thursday.
James is the overall leader with 854,105 votes. He is followed in the Eastern Conference by forward Paul George (712,808) of the Indiana Pacers and forward Carmelo Anthony (580,795) of the New York Knicks. James' Heat teammate, Dwyane Wade, leads the East's backcourt players with 565,455 votes. Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (524,000) is next.
In the Western Conference frontcourt balloting, Durant (850,728) is ahead of Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard (408,623) and Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (399,357). Durant leads the NBA in scoring this season. The West's backcourt leaders are injured Kobe Bryant (723,031) of the Los Angeles Lakers and Chris Paul (533,647) of the Los Angeles Clippers.
The NBA All-Star Game will be played Feb. 16 in New Orleans.
--Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders is expected to return to action on Friday night for a game against the Brooklyn Nets after missing more than a month with an injured thumb.
The Bucks, who have the worse record in the Eastern Conference at 6-22, list Sanders as probable after he practiced with the team on Thursday. He suffered a torn ligament in the thumb in mid-November during an altercation at a nightclub.
Sanders has played in three games this season and is averaging 2.7 points and 3.7 rebounds.
--The Chicago Bulls sent guard Marquis Teague to the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League on Thursday.
Teague played two minutes and failed to score in Wednesday's Christmas Day game against the Brooklyn Nets. The 2012 first-round NBA Draft pick from Kentucky has seen action in 19 games and started two this season for the Bulls. He averages 2.4 points and 1.5 assists.
--The Detroit Pistons sent rookie forward Tony Mitchell and rookie guard Peyton Siva to Fort Wayne of the NBA Development League on Thursday.
Mitchell averaged 1.1 points and 1.1 rebounds in 10 games this season with the Pistons. Siva, a member of Louisville's NCAA championship team last season, played in 13 games for Detroit and averaged 0.3 points, 0.6 rebounds and 0.8 assists.