DeMarcus Cousins goes one-on-one again with Kevin Durant as rehab continues


Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins took another step in his recovery from a torn Achilles tendon on Friday by dunking on teammate Kevin Durant in a playful one-on-one battle at the end of practice.

The pair, which has had a handful of post-practice duels over the last couple of weeks, ended Friday's session going back-and-forth while taking entry passes from assistant coach Bruce Fraser.

On the last possession, Cousins took a dribble after receiving the ball and finished with a right-handed dunk over Durant, who had jumped up to try to block it. Cousins proudly exclaimed, "That's game! That's game!" before making his way off the floor.

Durant laid on the ground for a few moments with a smile on his face as teammate Quinn Cook came over to check on him. Durant then got up and started taking free throws to finish off his routine.

"He beat me today," Durant said. "He beat me today, but I live to fight another day."

The clip of the dunk quickly went viral, and the pair had some fun in the comments section of an NBC Sports Bay Area Instagram post, with Durant saying "travel" and Cousins responding "G A M E !"

Durant and the Warriors are hopeful Cousins will be back in the near future, but the organization has been patient in his recovery process, not setting a target date for a return. Cousins has practiced several times with the G League Santa Cruz Warriors and continues to go through lighter practices with the NBA club, but it remains unclear exactly when he will start playing again.

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