Golden State (1-1) started the game off lethargic, and its transition defense was spotty as they gave up 39 first-quarter points. New Orleans (0-2) secured most of the 50-50 balls.
Frustration set in for the Warriors early, and in the second quarter, things got a little chippy.
While the reigning Defensive Player of the Year was chasing down the official to explain what happened, Cousins was walking away from the scene clapping and laughing. At one point, Cousins was urging the officials to toss him out.
Later in the quarter, Cousins was being subbed out, and he walked by Green, who was taking the ball out from the sideline. On his way to the bench, he first approached Green and the two had some words.
Cousins was then assessed a technical.
The Warriors outscored the Pelicans 67-56 in the second half.
Golden State has now won 12 consecutive games over New Orleans, which includes the 4-0 sweep in the 2015 opening round of the playoffs.
The Warriors travel to Memphis to take on the second game of a back-to-back.