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The Los Angeles Lakers exchanged DeMarcus Cousins‘ roster spot for Markieff Morris back in February. In Cousins’ first game against his former team Sunday, he and Morris got in a testy exchange of their own.
Neither player ended up finishing the game.
Morris and Cousins were called for double technical fouls with 2:15 remaining in the first quarter of the Houston Rockets‘ 120-102 loss to L.A. for getting into a shoving match after Morris’ flagrant foul 1 on Jae’Sean Tate, which sent the Rockets’ forward sprawling to the ground.
Morris was ejected for the infraction after he retaliated against Cousins’ body check that made him fall to the floor by charging at Cousins to push him while he was helping Tate up.
Not long after that, Cousins also was ejected early in the second quarter when he was called for a flagrant foul 2 for hitting LeBron James in the head. The shot appeared to be incidental, as Cousins was attempting to strip James of the ball as the Lakers’ star drove to the basket. However, the referees ruled that Cousins’ wind-up and follow-through merited a flagrant 2 call and automatic ejection. Cousins has been ejected