But New Orleans (12-12) showed a super version of itself in Monday's opening half against the Warriors, who completed a two-day back-to-back Monday amid a six-game road trip, their longest this season.
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. Kirkland was suspended by the league for a week for his role in the incident, which led to the two bumping foreheads. Since both Durant and Cousins had already received technical fouls earlier in the game, they were ejected.
It's unclear what was said here, but Durant thought the officials gave he and Cousins a premature hook. While there were plenty of fireworks (including a not-so-pretty rolled ankle for Stephen Curry), things came to a head between Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins with less than 90 seconds remaining in the contest. "We got in each other's faces, but that's just how it is, you know what I'm saying?"
The Pelicans failed to recover after the blistering Warriors run as Golden State put away the home team with some clutch free throws down the stretch. I can't let anybody take me off my game.
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.
We wait to see how the National Basketball Association deals with this and if they'll punish Durant and Cousins any more than just their ejections from the game.
But it's a surprising pattern for Durant, who now has been tossed two times in the last four days and leads the National Basketball Association with three ejections through 25 games. We're getting way too emotional, myself included.
The Warriors had one other player finish in double-digit scoring, who we'll discuss first as we dive into our three takeaways from Monday night's win. "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".