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DeMarcus Cousins suspended one game for picking up 16th technical

What were DeMarcus Cousins and Rajon Rondo thinking? Watch them earn technicals for mocking a referee. 

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Four clapping hands, two technical fouls, one ejection and one suspension. 

The Kings’ 120–111 victory over the Wizards on Tuesday proved costly thanks to a senseless sequence in the game’s closing seconds.

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With Sacramento leading by 14 points under six seconds to play, DeMarcus Cousins and Rajon Rondo opted to dispute a call by referee Marc Davis rather than simply let the clock run out. The two Kings players walked over to Davis, sarcastically clapping in unison. Davis responded by issuing technical fouls to Cousins and Rondo, leading both players to gesture in disbelief.

Cousins has received a one-game suspension from the NBA because he has now accrued a league-leading 16 technical fouls, the league announced Thursday. The NBA’s technical foul policy mandates that players receive a one-game suspension when they receive their 16th technical foul of the season. An additional one-game suspension is imposed for every two technical fouls after that.

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The All-Star center will be forced to miss Sacramento’s home game against Miami on Friday.

Rondo was ejected from the contest because it was his second technical foul of the game. 

Cousins finished with a game-high 29 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, five steals and four blocks in the win. Rondo posted 15 points and 11 assists. Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 24 points and four assists. 

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Sacramento improved to 30–45. Washington dropped to 36–39.