LOS ANGELES — The technical foul and ensuing late-game ejection assessed to both Lakers forward Ron Artest and Clippers forward Blake Griffin in Sunday’s 99-92 win by the Clippers were rescinded by the NBA on Monday, according to league spokesman Tim Frank.
“I didn’t think I did anything wrong. I would never think I did anything wrong [in that situation],” Griffin said after the Clippers beat the Indiana Pacers on Monday. “I wasn’t just trying to hurt anybody. I didn’t push off, I just stepped in strong. I didn’t run up anybody’s back. So yeah, it’s good to know that I wasn’t fined for that and to know that all that’s rescinded.”
Artest and Griffin were two of the four players involved in a scuffle with 5.7 seconds left in the fourth quarter along with Lakers forward Lamar Odom and Clippers guard Baron Davis. Odom lined up to rebound a made free throw by Randy Foye that put the Clippers up by nine points. Odom said he felt like Griffin “rammed” him in the back, causing Odom to grab Griffin’s jersey and push the rookie backwards. Artest and Davis came to the defense of their respective teammate. Davis engaged in a shouting match with Odom and briefly pushed him, and Artest merely pulled his teammate away from the scrum. After an official’s review, all four players were given a technical foul and ejected from the game.
Griffin and Artest will not be subject to the $ 4,000 penalty that comes with the infraction –$ 2,000 for the technical and $ 2,000 for the ejection — but the fine stands for Odom and Davis.
It is the second time in the last week the league has rescinded a call against a Lakers player. The second of the two technical fouls called on Andrew Bynum in the fourth quarter of the Lakers’ game against the New York Knicks on Jan. 9 was rescinded as well.