DeMarcus Cousins suspended 1 game, fined $20k for outburst against Rockets

Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Kings center DeMarcus Cousins was met with a penalty from the league on Thursday afternoon.

The NBA has suspended Kings center DeMarcus Cousins one game and fined him $20,000 for an incident against the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night, the league announced on Thursday.

The suspension is for punching Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley, and the $20,000 fine is for verbal abuse of an official and failing to leave the court in a timely manner, according to the NBA.

Cousins was ejected early in the second half in Sacramento, when he was furious with a foul called against him that sent Dwight Howard to the free throw line:

The punch, which went largely unnoticed, occurred early in the first quarter of that same game.

Cousins is averaging 22.3 points, 11.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game, shooting 48.3 percent from the floor this season. He will not be able to play in the Kings' road game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday. Sacramento has lost all eight games that Cousins has missed this season.

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