Tensions ran hot between players from the Golden State Warriors and Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night as a war of words between Klay Thompson and Devin Booker led to technical fouls and eventually one ejection.
The trash-talking got a bit heated in the third quarter, which eventually led to Thompson getting into it with an official and receiving the first ejection of his NBA career. At one point during the argument, it appeared Thompson held up four fingers to signify the Warriors’ four championships.
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Thompson did not speak to the media after the team’s 134-105 loss to the Suns. He was 1-for-8 shooting, including 0-for-5 from three-point range.
“I love Klay Thompson, I have for a really long time,” Booker said. “But that doesn’t excuse us from being competitive and talking to each other. I’ve always admired his game, how he plays on both sides of the ball, and obviously the rings speak for themselves. But I’m going to bring it every time.”
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Draymond Green, Steve Kerr, Chris Paul and DeAndre Ayton were among those who received technicals during the Western Conference matchup.
“I’m not one to get into what guys are taking about on the floor. There was chirping on both ends,” Green said.
Booker led the Suns with 34 points on 10-of-19 shooting. Ayton had 16 points and 14 rebounds. Five Suns players were in double figures, including Jock Landale, who finished with 17 points and seven rebounds off the bench.
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Phoenix moved to 3-1 with the win. Golden State fell to 2-2.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.