Suns vs Warriors: Klay Thompson ejected for the first time in his career in Golden State’s tumultuous 134-105 loss to Phoenix



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Star shooting guard Klay Thompson was ejected for the first time in his long NBA career in the Golden State Warriors’ tumultuous 134-105 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday.

In the third quarter of the chippy loss to the Suns, Phoenix’s Thompson and Devin Booker could be seen exchanging words with each other as tempers rose.

According to Booker after the game, Thompson repeatedly gloated at Booker that he had four NBA championship rings as the two chests bumped and back and forth against each other. The Suns have reached the NBA Finals three times in franchise history, but have yet to win an NBA title.

Both received technical fouls as a result of the fight. Thompson reacted angrily to the officials, earning a second technical foul and his subsequent ejection from the game.

The ejection was Thompson’s first in 796 NBA regular season and postseason games.

After being sent off, the five-time All Star had to be restrained by teammate Steph Curry and one of the team’s assistant coaches.

As he walked off the field, Thompson could be seen pointing his hand as he looked towards the Suns bench, reiterating the point he apparently made to Booker.

Booker told the media afterwards that he liked the trashy talk, saying the two were “competitors”.

“I love Klay Thompson. I’ve had him for a really long time. But that won’t excuse us for being competitive and talking to each other,” Booker Explain. “I’ve always admired his game, the way he plays on both sides of the ball. And of course, the rings speak for themselves.

At the time of Thompson’s ejection, the Warriors trailed by only six points. However, the Suns took control of the game from that point on, and Golden State couldn’t close the gap to less than 12 points for the rest of the game.

Seven technical fouls were inflicted in the third quarter of the fiery game, including Phoenix players Chris Paul and Deandre Ayton and Warriors forward. Draymond Green and head coach Steve Kerr.

“I think both teams want it. I don’t think it’s personal at all. I think we just respect them. They are the champions,” Suns coach Monty Williams said. said.

“So they’re going to do our best because they’re the best, so I think a lot of the emotion is just being competitive. We don’t take it personally at all, we just understand better than once all of that happens, we have to focus on being competitive and trying to win the game.

Booker handles the ball against Curry in the first half of the game at Phoenix on Oct. 25.

Tuesday’s matchup was full of passion and animosity, and felt like a season-ending playoff.

Amid trash talk and heated exchanges, the Suns used a great second half — including a 15-1 run — to pull away from the defending champions.

Booker led the way for the Suns with 34 points and seven assists, while Miles Bridges and Jock Landale both contributed 17 points.

Curry led the Warriors with 21 points, seven rebounds and eight assists, while Jordan Poole added 17 points and five assists off the bench.

With both teams having played just four games in the new season, the Suns improve to a 3-1 record while the Warriors drop to 2-2.

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