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In the fourth quarter, Cousins received a technical foul when he threw Jeremy Lamb's shoe, which had fallen off, out of the lane.

"Next time, I'll just step on the shoe and roll my ankle, break it, tear an Achilles", Cousins said after the game. "I'll leave it out there next time. I don't think it's a really serious injury, but we'll have an update [Sunday] I guess".

Harden returned to action against the Hawks after missing Saturday's win over Golden State with a neck injury. The referees were quick to respond with a technical. "If you look at it, we won the rest of the game by nine points, but 35-20 in the first quarter is not going to get it done".

All the while averaging just 12.8 points per game on 31.2 percent from 3-point range, as the former Indiana Hoosiers product began to show little to any signs of confidence in his jump shot.

While sharp-shooting guard Curry disappointed on his return to Charlotte, Warriors centre DeMarcus Cousins came up with 24 points and 11 rebounds in what was arguably his best game for the team so far. That streak was great, but I was just doing it because that's what we had to do in order to keep our heads above water.

Kevin Durant (25 points), Steph Curry (25 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists) and Klay Thompson (20 points, 6 assists) paced the defending champion Warriors.

Cousins said the expiation he got was simple: "Basically, you can't throw a shoe".

"I talked to Draymond briefly and he said he thought he sprained the same one early in the game", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.

And Kerr says two-time MVP Curry's rare night of misfires is nothing to worry about days after calling him the best shooter of all time in the National Basketball Association.

The Warriors took a 1.5 game lead over the Denver Nuggets in the race for the best record in the Western Conference and erased the memory of a home loss against Houston on Saturday night. Center DeMarcus Cousins had 13 points and 14 rebounds.

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