DeMarcus Cousins wasn’t happy with the officiating after he led the Sacramento to a 126-121 win over Portland almost singlehandedly.
The former Kentucky Wildcat dominated the Blazers with 55 points and 13 rebounds. But with less than 35.2 seconds remaining in the game, Cousins’ mouthguard fell on the floor by the Portland bench after he scored a basket.
Officials said Cousins spit the mouthguard at the Blazers, issuing his second technical foul and ejecting him from the game.
However, the referees changed their minds a few moments later and invited Cousins to run back from the locker room and finish the game. Afterward, Cousins called the officiating “ridiculous.”
“It’s obvious what’s being done out here,” he said. “It’s on a nightly basis.”
Cousins also dismissed Portland’s attempts to get into his head, saying, “That was light, man. I know what their game scheme is.”
If the referees or the Blazers were conspiring against Cousins, it obviously didn’t help. Cousins was 17-of-28 from the field and 5-of-8 from 3-point range. He also made 16 of his 17 free throw attempts.