DeMarcus Cousins, Kevin Durant almost fight, get ejected

Warriors guard Stephen Curry and forward Kevin Durant

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. On Sunday, Shaun Livingston was ejected after making contact with a referee (he and the official, Courtney Kirkland, received suspensions on Monday). "It's a heated matchup, it's a heated conversation, and we said what we had to say and moved on". Kirkland was suspended by the league for a week for his role in the incident, which led to the two bumping foreheads.

"I got to be more focused, I got to be more poised", Durant said, according to ESPN's Nick Friedell.

DeMarcus Cousins and Kevin Durant were nearly involved in an on-court altercation at the end of the Warriors/Pelicans game on Monday night.

The tussle between Durant and Cousins came with 74 seconds left and the game essentially decided, with Golden State leading 118-110. We have to be poised and we have to execute out there. The Warriors play next on Wednesday night against the Charlotte Hornets, while the Pelicans play on the same night against the Denver Nuggets. Durant has had three in the past 18 games, one more than he had in his previous 810.


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.

Despite their inability to overtake Chris Paul and the Houston Rockets, the Warriors' are still only just 0.5 games behind the top seed in the West.

For the third time this season, Kevin Durant has managed to get himself tossed before the game has ended. We're just talking, we're just getting into it. "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". You know that he's feisty, you know that he's emotional, you know that he plays that way. I make sure it's late in the game if I want to do something. I can't get involved with that.

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