Suns vs. Warriors: Klay Thompson fired for the first time in his career in 134-105 Golden State loss to Phoenix




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Star shooting guard Klay Thompson was ejected for the first time in his long NBA career in the Golden State Warriors’ storming 134-105 loss to the Phoenix Suns.

In the third quarter of the loss to the Suns, Thompson and Phoenix’s Devin Booker could be seen exchanging words with each other as tempers flared.

According to Booker, after the game, Thompson repeatedly told Booker that he had four NBA championship rings as they bumped their chests and went back and forth. The Suns have reached the NBA Finals three times in franchise history, but have yet to win an NBA title.

Both received technical fouls as a result of the altercation. Thompson reacted angrily to the officials, earned a second technical foul and was later ejected from the game.

The shutout was Thompson’s first in 796 NBA regular season and postseason games.

After being kicked out, the five-time All Star had to be held up by teammate Steph Curry and one of the team’s assistant coaches.

As he left the court, Thompson could be seen pointing his hand as he looked over at the Suns bench, apparently repeating the point he was making to Booker.

Booker told the media afterward that he enjoyed the trash talk, saying the two were “competitors.”

“I love Klay Thompson. I have a very long time. But that won’t excuse us from being competitive and talking to each other,” explained Booker. “I’ve always admired his game, how he plays on both ends of the ball. And, of course, the rings speak for themselves.”

When Thompson was ejected, the Warriors trailed by only six points. However, the Suns took control of the game from that point on and Golden State was unable to close the gap to under 12 points for the game.

Seven technical fouls were called in the third quarter of the fiery game, on Phoenix players Chris Paul and Deandre Ayton and on Warriors forward Draymond Green and coach Steve Kerr.

“I think both teams want it. I don’t think it’s personal at all. I think we respect them. They are the champions,” Suns coach Monty Williams said.

“So they’re going to get our best because they’re the best, and so I think a lot of the emotion is just being competitive. We don’t take it personally, we better understand that once all these things happen, we have to focus again on being competitive and trying to win the game.”

Booker handles the ball against Curry during the first half of a game on Oct. 25 in Phoenix.

Tuesday’s clash was one filled with passion and animosity that felt like a season-ending playoff game.

Amid the trash talk and heated exchanges, the Suns used a big second half – including a 15-1 run – to pull away from the runners-up.

Booker led the Suns with 34 points and seven assists, while Miles Bridges and Jock Landale each had 17 points.

Curry had 21 points, seven rebounds and eight assists to lead the Warriors, while Jordan Poole added 17 points and five assists off the bench.

With both teams only four games into the new season, the Suns improved their record to 3-1 while the Warriors improved to 2-2.