Late in Monday's 125-115 loss to the Golden State Warriors, New Orleans Pelicans forward DeMarcus Cousins was dealt his second ejection this season after he and Warriors forward Kevin Durant confronted each other in a heated argument with 1:14 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Cousins received his seventh technical foul this season and was escorted off the Smoothie King Center floor before he and Durant, who was also ejected, continued their verbal altercation in an arena tunnel between the respective locker rooms, as first reported by WVLA, Baton Rouge's NBC television affiliate.
The off-floor, additional spat prompted enhanced security to defuse the verbal situation underneath the Smoothie King Center by closing doors to separate the Pelicans locker room area from the visiting locker room, according to multiple witnesses of the off-floor incident.
"I'm not going to fight nobody," Durant told reporters after about the ejection, his third this season.
"I don't want to get injured. I don't want to get suspended. I love to play. I love making money for my family. I'm not trying to get suspended or get in no fights with nobody."
Added Durant: "We're just talking, getting into it. It's a heated matchup. It's a heated conversation. We said what we had to say and moved on. If it escalates, we've got teammates and so many people that can get in-between us and prevent us from doing anything stupid."
Cousins, who scored 19 points and added 11 rebounds, seven assists, five steals and three blocks against the Warriors, was not made available to the media following Monday's loss.
Cousins' technical foul Monday was his 115th career technical in nine NBA seasons.
"He's got to be able to control it," said Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry, who also added he did not see how the on-floor confrontation spawned.
"He's got to be able to understand when teams can't physically play against him, they're going to do everything they can to emotionally get him off his game ... Hopefully he's got to get better at it because, obviously, we don't want him suspended."