Damian Lillard accuses D'Angelo Russell of playing dirty: 'He poked the bear'
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Damian Lillard accuses D'Angelo Russell of playing dirty: 'He poked the bear'

After the two got into a scuffle, Damian Lillard had some strong words for the young Lakers star.

Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard had to be separated from the Lakers' D'Angelo Russell during Tuesday night's game, and had some strong words for the youngster afterward.

"He poked the bear and you seen what happened the rest of the game," Lillard said of the 20-year-old, second-year player.

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The on-court scuffle between Lillard and Russell happened in the third quarter, and came amidst a poor shooting effort from Los Angeles. The Lakers scored a season-low 12 points in the quarter while going 5 of 23 from the field.


Lillard said the incident "ignited" his play, and attributed the hostilities to previous encounters.

"Since last game, he's been doing little slick elbows," Lillard said. "And I play the game clean. I'm from Oakland. I ain't with that extra stuff and nobody can just do what they want to me.

"I got called for a foul to start the third quarter for reaching in, but when I reached in the only reason there was contact is because his elbow came up again. After he blocked my shot, I was walking to my spot, and I felt like he went out of his way to get that elbow in there again. And I told him, 'That ain't gonna fly.' And I wasn't interested in anything else that was said after that. We ain't going to do it on the court so we'll be in the back and whatever happens, happens."

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