Kevin Durant, DeMarcus Cousins get ejected, need to be separated

Kevin Durant, DeMarcus Cousins get ejected, need to be separated

Javier Howell
December 6, 2017

The Golden State Warriors keep winning basketball games by wide margins, the latest against the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Warriors have had a player ejected in three straight games with Durant recording three ejections in the past 18 games after just four in the previous 810.

These kinds of spats are nothing new for Cousins, who led the league in technical fouls last season and got into it with Green earlier in Monday's game.

The Warriors had trailed by 21 points just before halftime before a 15-0 third-quarter run and a double-double from Stephen Curry put the top-heavy Pelicans away and improved Steve Kerr's team to 19-6 this season.

New Orleans Pelicans center De Marcus Cousins slam dunks in front of Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green and guard Klay Thompson in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans Monday Dec. 4 2017. (AP

"I thought he [the referee] just threw us out pretty quick, to be honest", Durant told ESPN after his confrontation with Cousins. According to WVLA sports reporter Morgan Beard, something happened between Durant and Cousins after they left the court that resulted in security having to step in. The officials apparently had enough of their back-and-forth and made a decision to eject both of them.

"That's the only way you can beat that team - you've got to play for 48 minutes", said Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry. "We're not composed out there. It's a heated matchup, it's a heated conversation, and we said what we had to say and moved on". We have to be poised and we have to execute out there. "I'm not messing up like that in the first or second quarter-make sure it's late in the game if I want to do something".

During the Warriors' 125-115 win over the Pelicans last night at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Durant managed to go 8-of-21 from the field and 2-of-3 from the line in 35 minutes, scoring 19 points with seven rebounds, five assists, two steals, one block, one 3-pointer and six turnovers.

"I've been in the league for too long, especially with somebody like Cousins, we know that he's feisty, we know that he's emotional". We're getting way too emotional, myself included.

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