OAKLAND -- The Warriors are looking forward to another crack at the Phoenix Suns on Friday, but Thursday they were still sounding off about their Christmas night win over the Los Angeles Clippers.
In particular, Golden State took some time to respond to the Clippers' accusations of "cowardly" play.
"We're just trying to win the game," said Warriors center Andrew Bogut, one of the central figures of a Warriors' 105-103 victory that featured several scrums. "We did whatever it took to win the game. We made the big plays toward the end. Everyone's entitled to their opinions and comments, and we're not really affected by that. We'd rather be called cowards and come out with the win."
Bogut tangled with Clippers star Blake Griffin early in the fourth quarter, leading to Griffin's second technical foul of the game and his ejection. He picked up his first technical at the end of the third quarter for reacting to taking an elbow from the Warriors' Draymond Green, who was slapped with a flagrant 2 foul and ejected as a result.
Griffin said he did nothing wrong, that the Warriors played "cowardly basketball" and that the referees "fell for it." The league office said Thursday that Griffin shouldn't have been ejected.
"A common foul should have been called on Griffin for initially attempting to dislodge ... Bogut, and a technical foul should have been assessed to Bogut for grabbing Griffin by the shirt and wrestling with him," NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn said in a statement.
Bogut also briefly tangled with Chris Paul after the final buzzer when Paul tried to steal the ball away from the Warriors center, who was then shoved by the Clippers' Matt Barnes.
Barnes told ESPNLosAngeles.com after the game that he was protecting his point guard.
"You can't let your point guard get picked on by a center," Barnes said. "Everyone tried to split them up. Bogut was talking trash all game. He can talk it on the court, but he knows better than to talk it off the court."
Bogut denied those trash-talking claims.
"I don't talk trash," he said. "To the contrary of certain comments, I didn't say a word last night to anybody. If there's physicality needed, I'm happy to bring it, but I never look for the altercations but unfortunately last night there were a couple little scrums.
"It's playoff-style basketball. We're both fighting for the same thing. We both want to get to the playoffs and make noise, and that's what you've got to do in those games."
Green wouldn't say if there was anything that led to his elbow to Griffin.
"It was a tough division game," Green said Thursday. "That's one of the big things that happens in a tough division game when you've got two good teams playing against each other. We were able to come out with the win. We did the necessary things, made the necessary plays we needed to make to come out with the win."
All that said, the Warriors were still in the mode of trying to look ahead to Friday's meeting with the Suns. It's the last home game before a seven-game trip and a chance to redeem themselves after a poor effort in a 106-102 loss in Phoenix on Dec. 15.
"We went on a little bit of a lull when we were on the road in Phoenix," Bogut said. "I think the last three games we've stepped up our effort and played much better basketball. Hopefully we'll continue to carry it and turn this three-game win streak into a four-game win streak."
Lakers' star Kobe Bryant, out with a knee injury, leads the voting and is followed by Paul. Curry is about 52,000 votes behind Paul. The top two backcourt vote-getters will start the All-Star game Feb. 16 in New Orleans.
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