Cousins and Durant both ejected after altercation late in Warriors' win

  • Cousins and Durant both ejected after altercation late in Warriors' win

Cousins and Durant both ejected after altercation late in Warriors' win

The good news for the reigning National Basketball Association (NBA) champions Golden State Warriors is that they overcame a 21-point deficit on Monday night and posted a gritty 125-115 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.

Through the first 810 games of his career, Kevin Durant was ejected just twice.

Earlier this week, Kevin Durant was ejected for arguing with a referee in a win against the Orlando Magic.

It's no secret that most teams go into games against the New Orleans Pelicans hoping to get under the skin of DeMarcus Cousins.

"It's absolutely too much", Steve Kerr said. I can't let anybody take me off my game.

Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said that he's talked to Cousins about his technical fouls and the team will do everything it can to make sure the star big man stays on the court. Last night brought us the latest incident, in which Durant got into it with Boogie Cousins during the final minutes of the game, earning himself a second tech and an ejection. But things reached a boiling point in the fourth quarter when Cousins almost head butted Durant to get things really started.

Cousins said after Tuesday's practice that he tries to avoid being confrontational when teams push his buttons, but he'll have to do a better job going forward. "We got in each other's faces, but that's just how it is, you know what I'm saying?"

"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".

Cousins has always been a magnet for technical fouls, but at that moment of the game both he and Durant should have been smarter about this. We're just talking, we're just getting into it.

"I know I've been through this before on this ankle, and knowing the surgical repairs from like five or six years ago are fine, I should be able to bounce back".

The Warriors (19-6) trailed by as many as 21 points late in the second quarter and by 20 at half-time, but they rallied to beat the Pelicans for the 20th time in their last 21 meetings.