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A skirmish between Warriors and Hornets players occurred late in Golden State’s 97-84 victory over Charlotte on Friday night.

The incident occurred as game time was running out. Warriors guard Lester Quiñones was open for a layup with 13.8 seconds left on the clock as the Hornets seemed to hope Golden State would simply hold the ball. Hornets star Miles Bridges and forward Grant Williams confronted Quiñones and the fight began.

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Fight between Warriors and Hornets

Golden State Warriors and Charlotte Hornets players are separated after a confrontation during the fourth quarter at Chase Center. (Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports)

Warriors coach Steve Kerr and Hornets coach Steve Clifford were shaking hands when the incident occurred. Both coaches turned around after the whistle blew. NBC Sports Bay Area cameras caught Clifford saying, “What the fuck?”

There was about a second difference between the shot clock and the game clock. The Hornets appeared to take issue with the supposedly unwritten rules of basketball.

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“I really don’t understand why people get so upset when someone scores at the end of the game. It’s like a dumb, unofficial, unwritten rule,” Warriors forward Draymond Green said. “If everyone won by 13 points, would they be mad if he gave up a ball? I doubt it. So he’s kind of a sore loser kind of guy.”

Clifford downplayed the skirmish itself.

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Miles Bridges and Steve Kerr

Charlotte Hornets forward Grant Williams (2) talks with Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, center right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Feb. 23, 2024, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)

“I don’t think it was anything major. Maybe a little push here and there,” he said. “There’s frustration, whatever it is, it’s going to happen.”

Quiñones was in his 21st game of the season and only the 25th of his career. He has averaged about 12.8 minutes per game this season and 4.9 points per game.

Kerr said he has taught his team to keep playing until the end of the game unless the shot clock goes off.

“For ten years, I’ve told our team, ‘If there’s a difference in the shot clock, keep playing,'” Kerr said, via NBC Sports Bay Area. “To me, the game tells you to keep playing. We’ve always done it that way. Nobody’s ever been offended.

Steve Kerr and Miles Bridges

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr (left) argues with Charlotte Hornets forward Miles Bridges (0) during the fourth quarter at Chase Center. (Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports)

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“It’s very strange to me why that would be offensive to anyone. I’ve never understood why that would be offensive. Nobody has gotten mad at us in the past for doing that. Why fumble the ball? The clock says: keep playing, Right? Keep playing. That shouldn’t offend anyone.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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