Mike D'Antoni accused Blake Griffin of intentionally making contract with him in the fourth quarter of Monday's game.
D'Antoni was arguing with a referee about a goaltending no-call on the previous possession when Griffin veered toward him and made contact. After getting fouled seconds later, Griffin made a beeline for D'Antoni and exchanged expletives with the Rockets coach.
"Well, after he said what he said, I said the same thing back," Griffin said.
D'Antoni declined to elaborate on the contact made by Griffin.
"I'm not going to get into it," D'Antoni said after twice mentioning that Griffin hit him. "It's no big deal. Really, it's no big deal. We just didn't play well tonight."
Chris Paul confronted Griffin immediately after his shouting match with D'Antoni.
"Coach told me he elbowed him," Paul said. "Then I seen him talking crazy to Coach, so I'm always going to have Coach's back."
Asked what he told Griffin, Paul said, "Whatever it was, I'm sure my mama is going to tell me to watch my mouth."
Doc Rivers said he had seen a similar coach-player incident.
"Yeah, I have," Rivers said. "I've been part of that. It happens, you know. Mike's probably fighting for his guys, and you know. ... I don't think a coach should ever get engaged with a player, personally. But I've been guilty of it before. You know, it's an emotional game."