NBA: Blake Griffin shouldn't have been ejectedOAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 25: Blake Griffin #32 of the Los Angeles Clippers gets fouled by Kent Bazemore #20 of the Golden State Warriors during the first quarter at ORACLE Arena on December 25, 2013 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 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 remaining after scuffling with Andrew Bogut, following Warriors forward Draymond Green to the showers after they got into it at the end of the third.
Rod Thorn, the NBA's president of basketball operations, said: ''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.
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.''