But things reached a boiling point in the fourth quarter when Cousins almost head butted Durant to get things really started.
In the final minutes, Cousins and Durant were ejected after both were involved in a shouting match with each other and game officials.
However, that apparently wasn't the end of the beef between Durant and Cousins, as a report indicates that security had to step in to separate the two big men and prevent a potential altercation off the floor.
The Warriors had trailed by 21 points just before halftime before a 15-0 third-quarter run and a double-double from Stephen Curry put the top-heavy Pelicans away and improved Steve Kerr's team to 19-6 this season.
"We're a championship team", Kerr said.
"I thought he threw us out pretty quick, to be honest".More news: National Basketball Association suspends Shaun Livingston one game, referee gets a week
It's possible Durant and Cousins could be assessed $25,000 fines for failing to leave the court in a timely manner, but we'll have to wait and see what the league chooses to do. Cousins also took credit for another block earlier in the game that ultimately led to a technical foul on Draymond Green.
"I've been in the league for too long, especially with somebody like Cousins, we know that he's feisty, we know that he's emotional".
The Warriors had one other player finish in double-digit scoring, who we'll discuss first as we dive into our three takeaways from Monday night's win. "I'm not going to fight nobody", Durant said. "We got to be poised and we got to execute out there". We're getting way too emotional, myself included. I don't want to get suspended.
The Warriors have had a player ejected in three straight games with Durant recording three ejections in the past 18 games after just four in the previous 810. I love to play, I love making money for my family.
It wasn't immediately clear what had caused the confrontation, which came as the Warriors led by eight points-although the Pelicans' collapse may have had something to do with it.