Warriors backup center Jermaine O'Neal's issues with Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin on Wednesday night apparently weren't limited to the court.

O'Neal was called for a technical foul after jawing with Griffin during the Clippers' 111-98 victory over the Warriors, and the Los Angeles Times reported that it carried over after the game.

A league official told the Times that Rod Thorn, the NBA's president of basketball operations, might decide that no disciplinary action is warranted because no punches were thrown by Griffin and O'Neal.

The argument began with 8:55 left in the game. During a timeout, Griffin walked to the Clippers' huddle and was followed by O'Neal, who was given a technical foul by the officials for comments directed at Griffin.

According to the Times story, O'Neal glared at Griffin after the game as he walked by Griffin, who had his back turned and kept talking to friends in the Staples Center hallway outside of the Clippers locker room.

O'Neal slowly walked about 20 feet away, then turned around and angrily approached Griffin, moving close to Griffin's face.

"Why you going to walk up on me like that?" Griffin asked O'Neal. "Leave that (stuff) on the court. Leave that (stuff) on the court."

O'Neal snarled, shook Griffin's hand and walked away. "Man, I'm a monster off the court," O'Neal said, turning away.

Asked what he and O'Neal had talked about, Griffin told the Times, "That's between me and him."


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This wasn't Griffin's first dust-up with the Warriors this season. On Christmas night, he was elbowed by Warriors forward Draymond Green, who was issued a flagrant-two foul and was ejected from the game. Griffin was given a technical foul.

Later, Griffin had his jersey grabbed by Warriors center Andrew Bogut. Griffin's reaction drew his second technical foul, resulting in an automatic ejection. Bogut also was whistled for a technical foul.

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