Video: Pacers’ David West ejected for flagrant elbow to Clippers’ Blake Griffin
David West was assessed a flagrant foul 2 and ejected for elbowing Blake Griffin in the head during the Pacers’ 106-92 home victory over the Clippers on Saturday.
With the Pacers leading 57-41 in the closing seconds of the first half, Griffin attempted a spinning lay-up that rimmed out as time expired. He attempted to grab the ball after the whistle, and West also reached over in an attempt to claim possession.
The two forwards fought for control of the ball — a meaningless activity given that the half was over — and they eventually became entangled as the ball squirted free. As he headed away from the exchange, West swung his right elbow back into Griffin’s head.
The officials assessed a flagrant foul 2 for the elbow, a designation that applies to contact that is deemed both “unnecessary and excessive,” and requires an automatic ejection. West departed with four points (on 2-for-4 shooting) and two rebounds in 15 minutes.
Griffin was not penalized for his role in the incident and he was awarded two free throws to begin the second half.
Indiana took a 16-point lead into halftime and they didn’t look back in the second half. Things got so out of hand that Paul George had the opportunity to throw down a 360-degree windmill dunk during garbage time.
George finished with a game-high 36 points (on 12-for-17 shooting), six rebounds, two assists and three steals. Lance Stephenson added 22 points (on 8-for-17 shooting), 12 rebounds and seven assists for the Pacers.
Griffin finished with 19 points (on 6-for-18 shooting), eight rebounds and four assists. Jamal Crawford led the Clippers with a team-high 22 points (on 7-for-18 shooting).
The Pacers improved their league-best record to 32-7 with the victory. The Clippers fell to 28-14 with the loss.