The first game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Memphis Grizzlies produced a handful of heat as the Clippers were able to leave the game holding the head of their star Russell Westbrook, who was looking down on the Grizzlies’ Dillon Brooks.
The Clippers managed to clinch a victory over the host with a 141-132 scoreline at FedExForum on Wednesday. Both teams fought tooth and nail until the fourth quarter’s nine-point margin sealed the game for the visitors. Clippers’ Russell and Grizzlies’ Morant were the highest contributors to their teams.
However, during the second quarter, the Clippers’ point guard played mind games with Dillon, and despite there being no further altercation, the Grizzlies couldn’t return to the game anymore.
What did Russell Westbrook do to Dillon Brooks?
The 34-year-old veteran guard used all his tricks to ensure a win against the Grizzlies, and in doing so, he called the host’s forward ‘trash’ three times. The peak moments of the games were caught in the live footage while the referee nipped the thing in the bud.
Russ wanted all of the smoke 👀 pic.twitter.com/4a4RB95kYj
— Ahn Fire Digital (@AhnFireDigital) March 31, 2023
The officials also needed to control the duo after the game as the nine-time NBA all-star began throwing words at the 27-year-old. He again pinch-hit the Grizzlies star to go home after winning the game at FedExForum. Westbrook scored 36 points with four rebounds and 10 assists for the Clippers.
Russell Westbrook TONIGHT
– 36 PTS
– 13-18 FG
– 5-5 from 3
– 10 assists
– 4 rebounds
– 2 blocks
Clippers win their 8th game in their last 11. Carried without Kawhi and PG. Sensational performance. Told Dillon Brooks dumbass to go home. pic.twitter.com/RSb5d7x0y3
— ⚡️fan account (@TheWestbrookEra) March 30, 2023
Dillon Brooks, on the other hand, scored 30 points with six rebounds and four assists. The 6.3-foot PG, Russ expressed his feelings after the game and said, “My mindset never changes. My role may change, but my mindset doesn’t.”
Russell Westbrook said the Clippers believing in him since day one allows him to go out and turn in performances like the one he had tonight.
Love this from Russ: pic.twitter.com/Nl8ZxApdVE
— Joey Linn (@joeylinn_) March 30, 2023
The Clippers are the fifth seed in the Western Conference, and the Grizzlies already secured a place in the playoffs as they clinched the division.