WATCH: Clippers vs Nets: Paul George and Bruce Brown Indulge in War of Words

Published 02/22/2021, 1:02 AM EST
Jan 13, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Paul George (13) moves the ball against New Orleans Pelicans guard Sindarius Thornwell (15) during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


Paul George and Bruce Brown got into a heated exchange during the Clippers vs Nets game. The two conference giants were facing off in a tightly contested battle that kept going back and forth. Given the quality of the two teams playing, it isn’t a bold assumption to believe that their game could be an NBA Finals preview.

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Paul George and Bruce Brown verbal showdown

Paul George and Bruce Brown had unkind words for each other during the game. George shoved Brown lightly after a call didn’t go his way. Brown retaliated by confronting him, and the two proceeded to exchange some barbs. As things got more heated, security and the referees came in and intervened.

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In the end, the Brooklyn Nets prevailed after a heated contest. Paul George had to leave the game a little earlier due to a minutes restrictions. The game came down to the last minute, when a decision went against Kawhi Leonard after he tried driving to the basket. Despite the loss, the Clippers will be satisfied about taking a potential finals opponent to the limit.

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Feb 2, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Los Angeles Clippers shooting guard Paul George (13) dunks against the Brooklyn Nets during the first quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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