Midway through the third quarter Friday evening, New York Knicks center Robin Lopez and Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul tangled underneath the Knicks’ basket. As Paul flailed his arms in the direction of Lopez’s head, the big man ended up smacking Paul in the face twice, busting open his lip and drawing blood.
After taking several minutes to review the sequence and drawing boos from the restless Madison Square Garden crowd, the officiating crew gave Paul and Jordan a technical foul and whistled Lopez for two technicals, disqualifying him for the remainder of the contest.
The Clippers quickly opened up a double-digit lead over the Knicks, one night after being blown out in Cleveland. L.A. went on to win 116–88 to improve to 28–15. New York fell to 22–23.
Paul finished with 16 points and 13 assists while Lopez left with six points and seven rebounds.