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LeBron James, Kevin Love and Dwyane Wade combined 71 points, helping the Cavs with a 113-91 win over Chicago Bulls. This was the Cavs’ 12th consecutive win. The win leaves the Cavs one shy of tying their franchise record for most wins in a row. Former Bulls star, Dwyane Wade, scored 24 points sending Chicago Bulls to their 9th straight game loss.
Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg admitted LeBron James was nearly unstoppable. “I think (he’s) as good as he’s ever been,” he said. “What LeBron is doing right now is unbelievable, shooting 42 percent from the three-point line. When you have to go over LeBron’s screens, it just puts you in such a difficult position. He’s as good a passer, on-time, on-target passer as there’s ever been in this game.
2. Durant has had three ejections in the past 18 games
The game was essentially over. Golden State had come from 20 down at the half and was up 118-110 with 1:20 left in the game when DeMarcus Cousins and Kevin Durant bumped into each other, pushed off a little, and jawed at each other.
Both were quickly given a technical and tossed. Cousins turned around and tried to go back toward KD, which is going to net him a $25,000 fine from the league in the next 48 hours. Both can expect fines for not leaving the court. Durant has had three ejections in the past 18 games. “Every time I got ejected, I make sure it’s late in the game,” Durant said. “I’m not messing up like that in the first, second quarter.”
“I make sure it’s late in the game if I want to do something. But I’ve got to be more poised. I can’t let anybody take me off my game. I’ve been in the league too long. Especially somebody like Cousins. You know that he’s feisty, you know that he’s emotional. You know that he plays that way. I can’t get involved with that. That’s just who he is, I gotta be me.”
Golden State let its emotions get the best of it numerous times Monday. In the wake of the Warriors’ 125-115 win, Monday night over the Pelicans, Golden State head coach Steve Kerr took issue with his team’s repeated emotional outbursts.
At first, Durant picked up a technical for jawing with an official. With little more than a minute left in the game, Durant and New Orleans center DeMarcus Cousins were ejected for an on-court confrontation in which they traded words and needed to be separated.
“It’s absolutely too much,” Kerr said. “We’re not composed out there. We’re a championship team. We have to be poised and we have to execute out there. We’re getting way too emotional, myself included.”
Overall, the Warriors have had six ejections this season. Durant has had three ejections in the past 18 games, one more than he had in his previous 810. “We don’t start it. Usually, it’s the other teams,” Warriors forward David West said. “We know we’re going to get everybody’s best shot.