Kerr: Green ‘Crossed the Line’ in Warriors’ Loss to Hornets | Sports News


By STEVE REED, AP Sports Author

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Draymond Green misplaced his cool and the Golden State Warriors misplaced one other recreation.

After Green picked up two technical fouls and was ejected with 9.3 seconds left for arguing the final result of a soar ball, Terry Rozier hit an off-balance jumper from the left nook as time expired to give the Charlotte Hornets a 102-100 victory Saturday evening

Rozier completed with 36 factors, his fourth straight 30-point recreation.

The Warriors have been main by two when officers dominated Hornets coach James Borrego had known as a timeout as Gordon Hayward got here down with the soar ball. Green instantly started leaping round the court docket, screaming at gamers and officers arguing that the Warriors had tied up Hayward as he was falling to the flooring and it ought to have resulted in one other soar ball.

Rozier sank two free throws for the technical fouls to tie it, then hit the winner.

“He crossed the line, that is the foremost factor,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr stated about Green, who has a historical past of in-game outbursts. “We love his ardour and his vitality and we’d not be the crew we’re with out him. However that does not give him license to cross the line — and he is aware of that.”

Head official Marc Davis stated after the recreation Green’s first technical foul was assessed for steering profanity at an opposing participant and taunting, and the second technical was for steering profanity at a recreation official.

Green didn’t take part in the Warriors’ videoconference name after the recreation.

Kerr stated Green was apologetic after the recreation, however he’ll communicate to him in non-public extra about the incident.

Teammates have been fast to rally to Green’s protection.

“He stated it was his fault and he took possession as a pacesetter,” ahead Eric Paschall stated. “We’re nonetheless rocking with Draymond. Nice dude. Nice competitor.”

The incident overshadowed one other large evening for Rozier, who had 20 factors in the fourth quarter. Rozier is averaging 37.5 factors over the final 4 video games for the Hornets.

“I simply hit one or two pictures earlier than that in that nook, so I felt actual assured once I misplaced the ball, I grabbed it and let it go,” Rozier stated of the profitable shot. “I noticed it going by means of all the means.”

Borrego stated Rozier has introduced a “profitable spirit” to the Hornets.

“By no means give in, by no means die. That’s so simple as I can put it,” Borrego stated. “He’s been unbelievable. His will all through video games and fourth quarters simply to maintain us alive and to really throw in daggers to assist us win video games is super on his half. However he’s been unbelievable. He provides us an amazing quantity of confidence and tonight, he simply willed us to one other victory.”

P.J. Washington completed with 15 factors to assist the Hornets overcame a season-high 25 turnovers to beat the Warriors with out Stephen Curry.

Kelly Oubre Jr. led the Warriors with 25 factors.

For the Warriors, it was their second powerful loss in two nights after falling the Orlando Magic 124-120.

“It is a powerful loss,” Kerr stated. “They don’t actually get any more durable than this one. … However you’ve got received to prepare for the subsequent recreation.”

Curry went by means of warmups however was a late scratch after he grew to become sick. The crew stated the sickness is just not COVID-19 associated and that Curry was “simply not feeling effectively.”

Curry had not been listed on the crew’s harm report and was even launched earlier than the recreation, though he had returned to the locker room at that time. Even Dell Curry, Steph’s father, appeared stunned. The elder Curry, a broadcaster for the Hornets, stated on air “Need me to ship a textual content to his telephone?”

Warriors: Mychal Mulder began in Curry’s place however had simply two factors in 16 minutes.

Hornets: Devonte Graham missed his fourth straight recreation with a left groin pressure. … Rookie LaMelo Ball had a disappointing first half with no factors, two assists and three fouls.

Warriors: At New York on Tuesday evening.

Hornets: Open six-game West Coast journey at Utah on Tuesday evening.

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