Draymond Green leaves his cool which results in Golden State Warriors losing yet another game. With the over 9 seconds left, Draymond picked up his second technical with got his ejected from the game and more importantly gave the ball back to the Hornets. Terry Rozier scored an off-balance jumper from the left corner to hand the Charlotte Hornets a wild finish.
The Warriors were leading by two when officials ruled Hornets coach James Borrego had called a timeout as Gordon Hayward came down with the jump ball. Green immediately began jumping around the court, screaming at players and officials arguing that the Warriors had tied up Hayward as he was falling to the floor and it should have resulted in another jump ball. Terry Rozier sank two free throws for the technical fouls to tie it, then hit the winner.
Draymond Green’s ejection gives Terry Rozier the chance to shine leading Hornets past Warriors
“He crossed the line, that’s the main thing,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said about Green, who has a history of in-game outbursts. “We love his passion and his energy and we would not be the team we are without him. But that doesn’t give him license to cross the line and he knows that.”
Head official Marc Davis said after the game Green’s first technical foul was assessed for directing profanity at an opposing player and taunting, and the second technical was for directing profanity at a game official.
“I just hit one or two shots before that in that corner, so I felt real confident when I lost the ball, I grabbed it and let it go,” Rozier said of the winning shot. “I saw it going through all the way.”
Borrego said Rozier has brought a “winning spirit” to the Hornets.
“Never give in, never die. That’s as simple as I can put it,” Borrego said. “He’s been fantastic. His will throughout games and fourth quarters just to keep us alive and to actually throw in daggers to help us win games is tremendous on his part. But he’s been fantastic. He gives us a tremendous amount of confidence and tonight, he just willed us to another victory.”