The L.A. Clippers slipped to their third successive defeat last night as the Brooklyn Nets won a double-overtime thriller.
After a franchise-best start to the campaign, their hard work has been undone by a run of three road games that has seen them fall to Eastern Conference opponents on each occasion.
Tuesday's game at the Barclays Center swung back and forth, and a series of events following a personal foul on Chris Paul led to head coach Doc Rivers being ejected.
Rivers exploded in rage after being handed his first technical, and his players had to intervene and hold him back from the officials.
Following the call by referee Ken Mauer, who gave Rivers the two techs despite not being involved in the original foul call, the former title-winning coach explained his viewpoint on the incident to the media.
"I thought it was an awful tech," Rivers said. "Honestly, I think you guys know why the tech was called.
"The official who had nothing to do with the play thought I was yelling at Lauren, and I wasn't. Actually, she said, 'Doc, you're right,' or whatever, 'Let's walk back.' We were walking. We weren't even arguing. So it was the damnedest tech to give at that time.
"What the league is going to do, they're going to fall back on, 'He crossed half court.' You'll see tomorrow, that's what they're going to say. And we're going to all know that's not the real reason. I don't think an official that has nothing to do with the play should be giving someone a tech.
"That's my thing. That's why I got upset. He didn't even know what we were talking about. It wasn't even an argument. But listen, that had nothing to do with the game, and that's not why we lost the game."