The tension carried over to the dugout, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, as Rockets players James Harden, Ariza and Gerald Green stormed the Clippers dugout to confront Austin Rivers.
Things got testy with 3½ minutes to go.
Chris Paul argues a call during the first half against the LA Clippers. Both Paul and the Clippers' Blake Griffin got into each other several times, including a moment when both Griffin and the Rockets' Mike D'Antoni were T'd up.
The referees reviewed video of the play and confirmed the foul on Paul, while also assessing double technicals to Griffin and D'Antoni.
The crowd was on its feet with 1:12 to go after Griffin caught the ball near the midcourt sideline and slammed it off Eric Gordon's back in order to keep it from going out of bounds. And before the game ended, Griffin was ejected along with Trevor Ariza after a verbal spat.
The Clippers stunned Houston in their first meeting of the campaign at Toyota Center but Paul missed the clash through injury.
It was a heated night at Staples Center between the Houston Rockets and LA Clippers. Griffin ran off nine in a row and Williams added two 3-pointers.
Coach Doc Rivers couldn't say whether Jordan could play Wednesday.
The Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers have had a few contentious battles in the past few years.
"You're always judged by wins, and we won a lot of games, but we didn't get it done", Rivers said before the game.
When the pregame introductions started, Paul was cheered. I don't think we should separate Chris by himself in that legacy. "We don't talk about him".
Rockets: Harden (hamstring strain) is on track to return later this week.
The All-NBA guard is enjoying a great season with the Rockets where he's averaging 18.6 points, 9.2 assists and 5.7 rebounds per game.