Late in Monday's 125-115 loss to the Golden State Warriors, New Orleans Pelicans forward DeMarcus Cousins was dealt his second ejection this season after he and Warriors forward Kevin Durant confronted each other in a heated argument with 1:14 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Cousins received his seventh technical foul this season and was escorted off the Smoothie King Center floor before he and Durant, who was also ejected, continued their verbal altercation in an arena tunnel between the respective locker rooms, as first reported by WVLA, Baton Rouge's NBC television affiliate.

The off-floor, additional spat prompted enhanced security to defuse the verbal situation underneath the Smoothie King Center by closing doors to separate the Pelicans locker room area from the visiting locker room, according to multiple witnesses of the off-floor incident.

"I'm not going to fight nobody," Durant told reporters after about the ejection, his third this season.

"I don't want to get injured. I don't want to get suspended. I love to play. I love making money for my family. I'm not trying to get suspended or get in no fights with nobody."