New Orleans Pelicans rookie Buddy Hield and Sacramento Kings star DeMarcus Cousins were tied up at the top of the key when the Pelicans guard made contact with Cousins below the belt.

Hield attempted to go over a high screen set by Cousins and his left arm got caught between Cousins’ legs. There did not seem to be any windup or malicious intent, but the contact was deemed worthy of a flagrant foul two, which warrants an immediate ejection.

The incident occurred after Cousins received his league-leading 17th technical foul of the season. With this tech, he matches his total from last season, which also led the NBA. For every two technical fouls a player receives after his 16th, he will be assessed a one-game suspension.

Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry and Kings forward Matt Barnes also got in on the technical party. Free throws would be key in the game as the Kings ended up winning by just six points. New Orleans shot 18-21 and Sacramento made 24-27 from the charity stripe. A win would have put the Pelicans into a tie with Sacramento for 10th place in the West. With the loss, they now find themselves looking farther away from that 8th seed and final playoff spot.



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