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Cousins: I was ejected for fundamentals

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METAIRIE, La. (AP) New Orleans center DeMarcus Cousins says he was protecting a rebound the way all big men are taught when he was ejected for a flagrant foul during a game against Oklahoma City.

Cousins was called for a flagrant-two foul when he raised his right elbow near Thunder guard Russell Westbrook's head during the third quarter of the Pelicans' 114-107 victory Monday night.

Cousins, who did not speak about the play until after Tuesday's practice, said Westbrook "did a good job of selling" the foul in the way he fell to the floor, holding his head.

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