With Orlando trailing by three points, Griffin drove the lane past Tobias Harris' hard close-out. O'Quinn rotated off DeAndre Jordan to contest Griffin's shot attempt right at the rim, and hacked the four-time All-Star across the face. After consulting the replay review monitor and with the NBA's replay center, the officiating crew of Leroy Richardson, Marc Davis, and Scott Twardoski issued O'Quinn a flagrant-2 foul and ejected him from the game.
O'Quinn started Wednesday's game in place of Nik Vučević, Orlando's All-Star-caliber center, as Vučević sat due to back spasms.
O'Quinn tallied six points, one rebound, and a steal in seven minutes before his ejection. The Clippers closed the period on a 19-9 run to take a 57-44 lead into intermission. Dewayne Dedmon and Channing Frye figure to take the center minutes O'Quinn and Vučević leave behind.
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