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Kevin Durant, Patrick Beverley ejected in Warriors' win

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Cary Erickson | 14 April, 2019, 19:30

In the days leading up to the Western Conference first-round playoff series against the Clippers, Warriors coach Steve Kerr had a stern warning for his team: Don't take the bait that Patrick Beverley is serving. You get seven technicals, your seventh one is a suspension in the playoffs.

The first set of double technicals came with five minutes to play as the officials attempted to rein in the emotions in the game. It looked like Golden State had wrapped things up, but Beverley and Durant kept going at one another.

Beverley repeatedly attempted to rattle Durant throughout the contest, which included mimicking the forward's movements by mockingly flailing his arms after a foul call. "He's got four to play with". 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.

Durant and Beverley were ejected from the game after they each received their second technical foul late in the fourth quarter.

Throughout the game, Durant and Beverley seemed to have each other's attention.

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When asked afterward if he was intentionally trying to egg on the four-time scoring champion, Beverley said he was just being himself.

"I got pushed, I got up, I got ejected", Beverley said.

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