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Draymond Green benched by Warriors after Kevin Durant spat

Golden State Warriors forwards Kevin Durant on the right, reacting as he goes out of the game while continuing to Draymond Green, left and protecting Andre Iguodala watch during the overtime of an NBA basketball game against Los Angeles Clippers on Monday, November 12, 2018, in Los Angeles . The clippers won 121-116 in overtime. (AP Photo / Mark J. Terrill)

The Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green was given a race game by the team Tuesday after a strike with Kevin Durant, said the team.

A statement from the NBA champions said Green had issued the penalty to "harm the team".

Suspension rules Green out of Warriors line-up for their game later Tuesday against Atlanta Hawks.

During Monday's overtime battle to Los Angeles Clippers, Green was seen in a heated exchange with Durant after the end of the fourth quarter.

Durant was visibly annoyed after Green held the ball with the final possession of the game instead of switching to the former NBA MVP to give him a possible game-winning shot.

The warriors eventually lost 121-116 in overtime.

ESPN reported Tuesday that the difficult sense of exchange had come into a confrontation in the dressing room after the match.

ESPN reported that several teammates criticized Green for their decision to hang the ball instead of passing. Gröna defended himself defensively.

Neither Green nor Durant picked up media after the loss.

Veteran Shaun Livingston played interchange as "just team spirit."

"Guys wanted a different result than happened." Livingston was quoted by ESPN saying "Dray apparently had sales, guys might think they were open or wanted the basketball, did not get it.

"It's happening here in sport. But it was good to see some fire, some feelings."

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