Rockets' Ariza moving on from confrontation with Mavs

HOUSTON -- Rockets forward Trevor Ariza said he's moved on from Tuesday night's incident with the Mavericks, after which he waited outside the home team locker room for center Salah Mejri.

"I don't have no thoughts on it, right now," Ariza said before Thursday's practice. "I know what happened; he knows what happened. That's it."

It was a physical game in which officials ejected Ariza, called eight technicals and two flagrant fouls. During the game, Ariza took exception to some comments made by Mejri. According to a source, Mejri made a derogatory comment about Ariza's family. Mejri strongly denied to ESPN's Tim MacMahon that he made any derogatory remarks.

Mejri also went to social media, twice, denying he said anything negative about Ariza's family.

However, something set Ariza off to the point that he waited outside the Mavericks locker room to confront him. Mejri was told to leave the locker room from a different entrance to avoid contact with Ariza.

The league is looking into the conduct of its players during Tuesday's game.

"Everything has been taken care of," Ariza said. "Now what we're trying to do is focus on the game [against the Clippers] we have to play tomorrow, which is an important game tomorrow, especially for us. We're trying to get better as a team and leave the past in the past."

After Tuesday's game, Rockets guard Patrick Beverley, who didn't play, yelled at Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle: "Don't be mad at us, coach! Way to be an icon, coach! Have a nice season, coach?"

Beverley wouldn't answer a question as to why he yelled at Carlisle. However, he did address the Mavericks game.

"We played a tough team; they played physical," Beverley said. "Some of it was basketball, some of it wasn't. It's over with. We're focused on the Clippers, right now. They're a good team and that's where our focus is right now."

Carlisle, meanwhile, spoke Thursday to what happened against the Rockets.

"Any billion-dollar business with high stakes is going to have some emotionally charged moments," he said. "There's no question about that. The important thing is to play with composure and yet be aggressive, to play smart and together and yet be respectful of the game and all those kinds of things. Our guys do a good job of that."

Information from ESPN's Baxter Holmes was used in this report.

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