LOS ANGELES (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins couldn’t wipe the smile off his face.
The usually scowling big man was back Friday night after being sidelined for nearly a year. He scored 14 points in his Warriors debut, a 112-94 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.
“I felt like a kid on Christmas,” Cousins said. “This was probably one of the best days of my life being back on the floor playing the game that I love.”
His new teammates were glad to have him, too, even if he lasted just 15 minutes before fouling out.
They gave him a standing ovation when he got whistled for his sixth foul at 8:51 of the fourth. Cousins smiled and high-fived his way to the bench. Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant cracked up.
“Probably the fakest love I ever received in my life,” Cousins said.
Durant said: “Hopefully that’s the last time we give him a standing ovation when he fouls out.”
Curry led the Warriors with 28 points, Durant added 24 and Golden State won its seventh in a row and sixth straight on the road.
The Warriors shot just 9 of 37 on 3-pointers on a night when Curry made only three from long range. Fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson missed all four of his 3-point attempts.
The hours leading up to his…