Stephen Curry didn't see the end of the Golden State Warriors' 122-120 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday, as the All-Star guard was ejected with 1:14 left in the fourth quarter at Chase Center.
Curry threw his face off after not passing the ball to teammate Jordan Poole and rushing a 3-point shot after an offensive rebound.
The mouthpiece went into the crowd and the nearby referee quickly issued a technical foul and ejected Curry from the game.
In the pool report after the game, crew chief Sean Wright confirmed that Curry's mouthpiece was thrown "into the stands with the ball," an automatic ejection.
This is the second time Curry has been ejected from a game. During Game 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals, he also threw his mask in frustration but hit a fan in Cleveland.
Curry, who finished with 34 points, told reporters Wednesday that he let his emotions get the best of him but he didn't think he threw his mouthpiece into the stands. He hoped to avoid a similar situation from seven years ago but still paid the same price.
The way our season has gone, every detail has a heightened sense of urgency," Curry said. "When you want something really bad, like getting a win, fourth-quarter execution, clutch-type situations,
all those things matter. So I reacted in a way that obviously put myself out of the game, put the team in a tough spot.
The Warriors (24-24) overcame a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the Grizzlies in the last-second of the pool. Poole told ESPN that although he didn't see what happened, he disagreed with the ejection.
Poole said, "There's no reason to knock him off in the last minute of the game. He's one of the best players of all time."