DeMarcus Cousins tossed after hard foul on LeBron James in testy Rockets-Lakers game


DeMarcus Cousins was ejected for the second time in his last four games on Sunday.

The Houston Rockets center was tossed after a hard foul on Lakers superstar LeBron James.

Cousins' beefy arm came down on James' head with authority on a drive to the basket, resulting in a flagrant 2 foul.

Cousins had been slapped with a flagrant 1 foul after an earlier altercation with the Lakers' Markieff Morris, resulting in Cousins' automatic ejection upon the second flagrant.

Morris was tossed after a hard off-ball foul on the Rockets' Jae'Sean Tate. Cousins was nearby and responded immediately by shoving Morris to the floor, who rose to his feet and shoved Cousins in return.

Morris, the twin brother of the Clippers' Marcus Morris, was assessed a flagrant for the foul on Tate and a technical for the shoving match with Cousins.

The 30-year-old Cousins, who signed with the Lakers last season but never appeared in a game with them, was ejected from his team's Jan. 4 game against the Dallas Mavericks after picking up two technical fouls in less than three minutes of game action.

The four-time All-Star has long ranked among the top recipients of technical fouls when he's healthy and playing.