Kevin Durant and Patrick Beverley get ejected in Warriors' Game 1 win

Kevin Durant and Patrick Beverley get ejected in Warriors' Game 1 win

With Steph passing Allen and now Kevin Durant moving past Dirk in separate National Basketball Association postseason record books, the symbolism of the Warriors continuing to play - while Dirk and D-Wade ride into the sunset - is potent and not lost on anyone. "That's two technicals, your seventh one is a suspension in the playoffs". Whether you play four playoff games or 24, seven is the magic number.

Things came to a head with five minutes left in the fourth quarter.

Durant said Beverley has a "different type of grit" coming from Chicago. "He's got four to play with after one game". He's a helluva defender, he plays hard, we've got a lot of respect for him - but you can not take the bait because that's a bad trade for us.

Beverley, who was in Durant's face from the opening tip in an attempt to knock the two-time NBA Finals Most Valuable Player off his game, explained what went down before the ejections. "The Clippers have made a lot of good trades this year - that was probably their best".

"It was fun out there", he said.

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Walton replaces Dave Joerger, who was sacked on Thursday after he compiled a record of 98-148 with the Kings. Rondo, who is on the sixth team of his career, praised Walton for his ability to relate to players.

"It was just - not friendly, but just trash talk, you know, it's emotional play for him, so he's going to show his intensity after that play, and I respected it, and I'm sure everybody on the court did", Durant said.

The Warriors opened up their account for a repeat Championship on a positive note yesterday, besting their first-round opponents the Los Angeles Clippers by a score of 121-104.

Cousins, who played his first game of the season January 18 at the Clippers, had nine rebounds and four assists.

On a night when Stephen Curry passed Ray Allen for all-time 3-point makes in the NBA Playoffs, Kevin Durant passed Dirk Nowitzki in a separate category.

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