OAKLAND, California (AP) Kevin Durant's return from a rib injury ended early.
The all-star striker was left with 2.4 seconds in the first half of the Golden State Warriors 116-107 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night
"He said the magic word," said coach Steve Kerr.
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 32 points and the Bucks defeated the Warriors for the second time in their last 10 sessions.
Durant quarreled by a broken rib in the previous six games, Durant after receiving no rude action on a ride through three Bucks defenders. The official Tre Maddox whistled him for a technical foul, then gave him another and threw him to the ground. Khris Middleton made two free throws to score a 1
"I was fouled, I told him how I felt, he kicked me out so easy "Durant said.
Crew chief Bill Kennedy told a pool reporter that both techniques were the result of Durant vulgarity.
The Warriors gave up their third consecutive game and seventh in 10 outings, allowing the Houston Rockets to secure runway 1 of the Western Conference.
"We're having trouble right now," said Kerr, whose team welcomed Durant and Draymond Green, but without Stephen Curry (ankle sprain) and Klay played Thompson (broken thumb)
The Warriors remain firmly in second place in the West and Kerr refused to exacerbate Durant's ejecta too much.
"I think Kevin just had a moment, he was frustrated, so he grabbed it, it happens," Kerr said.
Durant leads the NBA with five casts and now has 14 technical fouls, two close to the threshold for a one-game suspension.
Durant, who had 10 points, six assists and three rebounds in 17 minutes, said about his discussions with the Refs, "I could definitely talk to them a bit better, I think."
Bucks interim coach Joe Prunty said the game was physical from the start.
"So there was contact on games," he said. "I'm not sure what happened in this game."
Green, who missed the three previous games (pelvic contraction and flu-like symptoms), had 11 points and six assists.
The Warriors never again threatened after Durant was thrown. The Bucks, eighth in the Eastern Conference, led 92-72 after three quarters.
Middleton scored 23 for Milwaukee. Antetokounmpo scored 30 goals for the sixth time this month, the 21st time this season.
"Oh yes, I loved the game," Antetokounmpo said. "You play against the NBA's best team, you have to show up, because if you do not show up, they'll embarrass you."
Quinn Cook, who started for Curry, made a career with 30 points and led the Warriors for the fifth time the last seven games.
Bucks: Antetokounmpo pinched his ankle in the third quarter but returned to the Warriors in the middle of the fourth quarter. "I'm fine," he said. … Guards Malcolm Brogdon (left quadriceps) and Matthew Dellavedova (right ankle), who have been out since February, have not been scheduled to return, according to Prunty. Center Thon Maker (right bar) missed his third game in a row.
Warriors: Kerr said Thompson could return to Sacramento on Saturday, but is not sure to play against Phoenix on Sunday at home. "It's day by day, but it's getting tight," he said. Thompson missed his eighth straight game with a broken right thumb
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Andre Iguodala left the game with left knee pain and is unlikely to play on Saturday in Sacramento, Kerr said.
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