Cousins upset after technical for tossing shoe

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Golden State dropped its previous game, a home loss against Houston on Saturday night.

Early in the fourth, Golden State's Draymond Green exited the game with a sprained left ankle after grabbing at his foot in clear pain from stepping on teammate DeMarcus Cousins' foot.

The Warriors then announced Green - who had to be helped up and off the floor - would not return against the Rockets.

Chris Paul added 20 points, and Eric Gordon hit four three-pointers for 16 points.

Harden returned to action against the Hawks after missing Saturday's win over Golden State with a neck injury. He stated, "When you get assists, I've got the easy part". Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was unsure if throwing a shoe warranted an automatic technical, but agreed Cousins made the correct decision.

George's potential game-tying shot at the buzzer rattled off the front of the rim to give the Kings the victory and the season series three games to one.

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Curry scored 11 of his points in the fourth, which saw the teams separated by no more than six at any one time.

LAST 10 GAMES: Warriors: 7-3, averaging 118.8 points, 45 rebounds, 31.3 assists, 7.9 steals and eight blocks per game while shooting 49.2 per cent from the field.

With all the attention focused on Harden's streak of 30-point games, Atlanta rookie Trae Young racked up 36 points, shooting 8-of-12 from 3-point range to become the first rookie to outscore the Rockets guard since Karl-Anthony Towns on March 18, 2016.

Cody Zeller made 13 of 14 shots from the field and finished with a career-high 28 points to lead the Hornets, who have lost two straight.

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) shoots over Houston Rockets' James Harden during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Los Angeles.

"We know coming in here, flying across the country yesterday coming off a bad loss, that we've got to be much better if we're going to win".

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