Head coach Steve Kerr wasn't too pleased about the way his Golden State Warriors have failed to keep their composure throughout this season, emphasizing the need for cool heads to stay locked-in on game action.
At the end of the half, Steph Curry and Durant carried plus-minuses of -25 to the locker room, as a Warriors' defense that looked good on its first three games of a six-game road trip collapsed.
The Warriors, who have beaten New Orleans in 20 of the past 21 meetings, outscored the Pelicans 76-46 in the second half after trailing 69-49 at the half.
The Pelicans big man has developed a reputation for his emotional outbursts on the court and he's already picked up seven technical fouls in the first 24 games of this season. It was only his second time in eight games scoring single digits though, and he'll get a chance to bounce back Wednesday against the Denver Nuggets. I make sure it's late in the game if I want to do something.
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"Every time I got ejected, I make sure it's late in the game", Durant said.
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.
"I got to be more focused, I got to be more poised", Durant said, according to ESPN's Nick Friedell. Durant and Cousins have history, albeit fairly ancient-they went head-to-head in 2015-16, when Durant was still with the Thunder and Cousins a member of the Sacramento Kings.
Both players were eventually ejected, with Cousins being tossed and then provoking Durant into an identical fate, and the two All-Stars were not exactly shy in going at one another for all to see. "We're not composed out there", he told Mercurynews.com. "We're getting way too emotional". "I know I have a reputation in this league and I know I'll never get the benefit of the doubt, so I've just got to keep trying to do the right thing". We know that he plays that way so I can't get involved in that.