The incident occurred late in the game with both teams returning to their benches. The Suns won to advance to their first Finals appearance since 1993. The Clippers still have never been.
“I just think it built up on Pat,” C.J. Paul, Chris’ older brother, told Haynes. “That’s not a way to end it. I don’t know why he did that. I’ve looked at the play a few times and all Chris did was look at him, and that look was everything. That’s when you knew he took his heart.”
Beverley sent Paul an apology via social media.
“[E]motions got the best of me last night gang,” Beverley wrote. “My bad wasn’t meant for you. Congrats on making it to the Finals. Best of Luck.”