The Golden State Warriors put together a trademark performance on Monday evening in overcoming a 20-point halftime deficit on the road in New Orleans to win by 10 points in going-away fashion.
Through the first 810 games of his career, Kevin Durant was ejected just twice.
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.
Durant had already been given a technical for arguing with an official earlier in the game. "He's got to be able to understand that teams can't physically play him inside, so they're going to do everything they can to emotionally get him off his game".
The cost of the victory could be critical for Golden State moving forward, as Kerr didn't have much to smile about even though his team improved to 4-0 since leaving Oracle Arena.
"Every time I get ejected, I make sure it's late in the game", Durant told reporters after the game, according to the Athletic.
Curry, who also exited late in the fourth quarter after rolling his ankle, which later required an X-ray following Monday's game, finished with his fourth double-double this season with 31 points and 11 assists.
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. "I got to be more focused". "I thought the league handled it well", Kerr said. "We're not composed out there". We're just talking, we're just getting into it.
It's possible Durant and Cousins could be assessed $25,000 fines for failing to leave the court in a timely manner, but we'll have to wait and see what the league chooses to do.
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. "It's a heated matchup, it's a heated conversation, and we said what we had to say and moved on".