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The turning point in the Warriors' 109-105 Game 1 win over the Clippers came with 2:15 left in the third quarter and the game tied 79-79. David Lee drew Blake Griffin's fifth foul, and the Clippers star went to the bench.
[RECAP: Warriors 109, Clippers 105]
While the Warriors reeled off an 8-0 run to close the quarter with an 87-79 lead, Griffin took out his frustrations on an innocent bystander.
While looking up at replays of his fifth foul on the scoreboard, Griffin threw his hands in the air while holding a cup of water. The drink splashed all over a Warriors fan in the front row.
According to Yahoo's Marc Spears, here is what the involved parties had to say afterward:
Warriors fan: "Honestly, I think it fell out of his hand. He fouled out and he was frustrated, so it just fell out of his hand. It just slipped out. It may or may not be on purpose."
Griffin: "I didn't know what I did, but it wasn't full. I apologize. It was water."
Warriors fan's friend: "I thought it was intentional. He tends to do a little [expletive] during games, and he might have been pissed off on what [Warriors guard] Klay [Thompson] said."