ESPN An ugly scene developed after Houston’s 123-107 victory over Dallas on Tuesday night when Rockets forward Trevor Ariza waited outside the Mavericks’ locker room to confront center Salah Mejri. According to a source, Mejri made a derogatory comment to Ariza about Ariza’s wife and children between the third and fourth quarters. Ariza became so upset that he exchanged words with Mejri, which prompted the referees to give Ariza a technical, his second of the game, leading to an ejection. After the game, Ariza dressed and walked toward the Dallas locker room, accompanied by two security guards. As Ariza and several Houston teammates — including Patrick Beverley, James Harden and Eric Gordon — waited for Mejri, Dallas police officers already outside the locker room as part of their regular detail monitored the situation to make sure it did not escalate. At one point, Mavericks guard Deron Williams came out of the locker room to talk with Ariza and try to calm him. Ariza, who didn’t speak with reporters after the game, eventually left without further incident. Mejri, who strongly denied to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon that he said anything about Ariza’s family, knew Ariza was waiting for him outside the locker room. “He was swearing and bulls—,” Mejri said. “Ask him. He’s out there. Ask him.” Earlier, Beverley, who didn’t play, was sitting on a cart yelling at Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, who was leaving his news conference. “Don’t be mad at us, Coach,” Beverley yelled at Carlisle, who didn’t respond to Beverley. “Way to be an icon, Coach. Have a nice season, Coach.”
Bad blood is boiling between the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks, as the Rockets easily won a chippy game over the Mavs by a final score of 123-107, but the real drama occurred after the game. Rockets forward Trevor Ariza was ejected at the end of the third quarter after receiving his second technical foul of the game, and he had words with Rockets center Salah Mejri, who he accused of making derogatory remarks about his wife and children. After the game, Trevor Ariza was joined by a group of his Rockets teammates including James Harden, Patrick Beverley and Eric Gordon, as they waited outside of the Mavericks locker room with the intent of confronting Salah Mejri in retaliation for his comments. Mavericks guard Deron Williams eventually exited the locker room, and tried to calm the angry Rockets players down, but was unsuccessful. Eventually the Rockets players dispersed, but after the game, released comments critical of the Mavs. Patrick Beverley, who did not play in the game due to injury, was also heard yelling at Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle. There is bad blood boiling between the Rockets and Mavs, and the next time these two Texas rivals meet, expect fireworks.