Draymond Green knew the moment Golden State Warriors teammate DeMarcus Cousins set foot in Oracle Arena, it was to settle matters with one of the best bigs in the game in Nikola Jokic.

The dynamic power forward praised his frontcourt partner after Boogie posted 28 points, 12 rebounds and five assists, which was arguably his best all-around outing since coming back from a season-ending Achilles injury on Jan. 18:

“(Cousins) dominated that matchup these last couple times,” Draymond Green said. “He kind of go at every guy who, since his injury, a lot of people try to put before him. He go at every one of them. It’s personal for him, and when you can back that up with the talent that he has, it’s special to watch.”

Cousins looked like his old self with his scoring, physical defense, hustle at both ends of the floor and most importantly, channeling his inner rage into productive displays of basketball know-how.

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The Warriors big man gave Jokic and company their share of headaches throughout the game, drawing fouls, completing plays and being an all-around pest on the defensive end:


Cousins would taunt Jokic and his teammates as he headed off the floor with a 30-point lead in hand with six minutes left in regulation:


Surely enough, Cousins has added another layer of dominance to this juggernaut team, one that could prove to be a major factor in the Warriors’ pursuit of a three-peat.