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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, says Westbrook "did a good job of selling" the foul in the way he fell to the floor.

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Rebounds Per Game
Rank Name RPG
1 A. Drummond, Det15.3
2 D. Jordan, LAC13.7
3 D. Cousins, NO12.9
4 D. Howard, Cha12.9
5 C. Capela, Hou11.5
6t N. Jokic, Den11.4
6t K. Towns, Min11.4
8 A. Davis, NO11.3
9 J. Embiid, Phi10.9
10 E. Kanter, NY10.6
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Blocks Per Game
Rank Name BPG
1 K. Porzingis, NY2.27
2 K. Durant, GS2.20
3 A. Davis, NO2.00
4t G. Antetokounmpo, Mil1.88
4t M. Gasol, Mem1.88
6 J. Embiid, Phi1.86
7 C. Capela, Hou1.82
8 B. Lopez, LAL1.76
9 E. Udoh, Uta1.61
10 S. Mejri, Dal1.57
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