DeMarcus Cousins cocks arm back, decides not to hit Steven Adams

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Stephen Adams was trying to instigate. It’s what he does. He tries to get under players’ skin.

DeMarcus Cousins almost got suckered in by it and did something foolish.

Late in the game Monday in Sacramento, the Thunder’s Adams went to the ground and while there locked his arm around Cousins’ leg and wouldn’t let go (was that his Jeff Van Gundy imitation?). Cousins got frustrated. He cocked back his arm to throw a punch — but thought better of it and walked away. Well, after a little kick of Adams.

The referee saw it the entire way and Adams was called for a penalty, as it should have been, although the Kings got a “delay of game” out of this. Bottom line, good on Cousins for walking away (he did have a technical on the night already, his 14th this season).

In the end, the Thunder’s stars were too much. Kevin Durant had 27, Russell Westbrook finished with 20 points, 15 assists, and 13 rebounds, and the Thunder picked up a win in Sacramento 131-116.