The incident was set off by a flagrant foul one from Booker across Griffin's body as Griffin rose for a transition lay-up. Griffin took exception to the contact and the two stared each other down before Griffin briefly grabbed Booker around the neck.
The flagrant foul occurred with 2:56 remaining in the third quarter with Utah leading 66-61. A flagrant foul one applies to contact that is deemed "unnecessary."
Griffin, Chris Paul and Booker all received technical fouls during the foul's aftermath.
Add this exchange to a lengthy list of hard fouls absorbed by Griffin in recent years. In March,Suns forward P.J. Tucker was ejected for a flagrant hit on Griffin. In January, Pacers forward David West was ejected for delivering a flagrant elbow to Griffin. He was later fined $15,000.
Following a 2013 Christmas Day game, Warriors forward Draymond Green was fined $15,000 for failing to leave the court after he was ejected for delivering a flagrant elbow to Griffin's head. In November 2013, Heat guard Mario Chalmers delivered a forearm to Griffin's neck that earned him a $15,000 fine.