Warriors' DeMarcus Cousins receives technical for tossing opponent's shoe into stands

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Eric Gordon scored a team high 25 points and Chris Paul delivered 23 as the Houston Rockets, playing without leading scorer James Harden, used a balanced attack to beat the Golden State Warriors 118-112 on Saturday.

A Thompson 3-pointer finally got the Warriors on the scoreboard 4:15 into the game, but that didn't derail the Rockets, who went onto lead by as many as 16 in the first quarter and 20 in the second. Not wanting to trip over it, Cousins reached down and threw the shoe into the front row. During the streak, he scored 50 or more points four times, including a career-high 61 in a win over the New York Knicks on January 23. "Tonight he just played through the contact and it was just great for us and he got a big game".

The three-time All-Star stepped on the foot of teammate DeMarcus Cousins in the second half, but it didn't appear he rolled his ankle.

"He'll be back for the playoffs". "I mean, that's the only thing we worry about here, right?"

"If you play with the right spirit, there's nothing that can stop you", said Paul, who also set a record as the 8th National Basketball Association player to surpass 9,000 career assists.

Green is averaging 7.2 points, 7.5 rebounds and 7.3 assists on the 2018-19 season. It's on me to continue to score myself or find shooters in the corners.' TIP-INS Warriors: Had eight dunks in the second quarter. He had a little touch of the flu. D'Antoni said, laughing. "It was self-preservation". He was 13 for 32 with 10 3s. Clint Capela grabbed 15 rebounds.

Warriors guard Stephen Curry said he had seen the rule enforced "plenty of times", playfully noting that Cousins just needs to toss it slower next time. Curry was 5 for 11 from deep.

"I talked to Draymond briefly and he said he thought he sprained the same one early in the game", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. Coach James Borrego said pregame he doesn't expect a lot of 30-minute games for Parker the rest of the season, but that he'd use Parker as he must to pull out wins.

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