Thunder’s Durant hit with first career ejection after back-to-back technicals
By Ben Golliver
In his 411th career regular season game, Thunder All-Star forward Kevin Durant earned his first career ejection in a 110-93 home loss to the Nets.
Sometimes, you just don’t want to stick around for the end of a bad loss. That seemed to be the case here, as Durant talked his way into back-to-back technical fouls with less than two minutes remaining and the Thunder trailing 104-90.
Durant initially took exception to a moving screen foul called on teammate Kendrick Perkins and he received his first technical for punching the air in the direction of an official. After the first technical, Durant turned and continued yelling at the official twice, which promptly brought the second one and the automatic ejection. Durant seemed to know his fate, as he continued walking straight from the court to the locker room, pausing only briefly to untuck his jersey in disgust.
CBSSports.com reports Durant’s post-game recollection of his exchange with the referee.
“I said it was a bad call,” Durant said. “They got a quick trigger now.”
Said Durant: “I think I’m allowed to be frustrated. Especially in this league with the ups and downs. Players are allowed to be frustrated. It is what it is. You move on from it.”
The Associated Press adds that Durant said his display of emotion was a sign of his affection for the sport and competition.
“I just thought it was a bad call. You get frustrated throughout a game, you show emotion. That’s how you can tell you love it.”
Durant finished with a team-high 27 points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals on 11-for-17 shooting in 41 minutes. The Nets, who improved to 3-1 under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo, were led by a game-high 33 points, five rebounds and three assists from Joe Johnson and 19 points and 13 assists from Deron Williams.