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Klay Thompson, Devin Booker’s trash talk leads to technical questions, Warriors star receives first ejection


Tensions ran high between Golden State Warriors and Phoenix Suns players on Tuesday night as a war of words between Klay Thompson and Devin Booker led to technical fouls and ultimately an ejection.

The trash talk got a little heated in the third quarter, which eventually led to Thompson going at it with an official and receiving the first ejection of his NBA career. At some point during the argument, it emerged that Thompson held up four fingers to signify the Warriors’ four championships.

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Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson, No. 11, and Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker, No. 1, talk to each other during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022, in Phoenix .
(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Thompson did not speak to the media after the team’s 134-105 loss to the Suns. He was 1 for 8 shooting, including 0 for 5 from three-pointers.

“I love Klay Thompson, for a very long time,” Booker said. “But that doesn’t excuse us for being competitive and talking to each other. I’ve always admired his game, the way he plays on both sides of the ball, and obviously the rings speak for themselves. But I’m going to bring it every time.”

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Draymond Green, Steve Kerr, Chris Paul and DeAndre Ayton were among those given technicals in the Western Conference game.

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson walks past Phoenix Suns forward Mikal Bridges, No. 25, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022, in Phoenix.

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson walks past Phoenix Suns forward Mikal Bridges, No. 25, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022, in Phoenix.
(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

“I’m not one to get into what guys do on the floor. There were tweets from both sides,” Green said.

Booker led the Suns with 34 points on 10 of 19 shooting. Ayton had 16 points and 14 rebounds. Five Suns players were in double digits, including Jock Landale, who finished with 17 points and seven rebounds off the bench.

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry and Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker, No. 1, face off in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022, in Phoenix.

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry and Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker, No. 1, face off in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022, in Phoenix.
(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

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Phoenix moved to 3-1 with the win. Golden State fell to 2-2.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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