• Referee Scott Wall calls Warriors guard Stephen Curry for a foul that led to his ejection. (AAP)
Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant both were ejected as NBA champions Golden State lost again - this time a shock 111-101 defeat to Memphis.
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AAP
22 Oct - 4:56 PM 

The Golden State Warriors not only lost to the Memphis Grizzlies, they lost their cool in the closing minute.

Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant both were ejected with 43 seconds left Saturday night, a fitting end to a frustrating night for Warriors in a 111-101 NBA loss to Memphis.

Curry led the Warriors with 37 points, and Durant added 29 and 13 rebounds.

"My pockets will be a lot lighter for sure," Curry said about the ejection after thinking he was fouled and throwing his mouthguard.

Durant may draw additional penalties after it appeared he possible made an obscene gesture to the Memphis crowd.

Curry scored on a lay-up with 43 seconds left to cut the Memphis lead to 107-99 - as close as the Warriors got to Memphis in the fourth quarter.

But Curry thought he was fouled on the play and threw his mouthguard along the baseline, leading to immediate ejection - the first in a regular season game in Curry's career.

"My frustration boiled over, did something stupid, deserved to get kicked out and that's what happened," Curry said.

But Curry denied trying to hit official Scott Wall with the throw.

"If I tried to throw it at him and hit him, I've got a pretty good aim," Curry said, adding he "would have been able to execute that."

With Curry headed out, Durant also was arguing and crew chief Brian Forte sent him to the locker room.

As Durant was walking out along the sidelines, the Memphis fans taunted him and screen shots of the broadcast showed him with an extended finger, although some though it was an extended ring finger.

"That's part of the game. It's fun," Durant said of the crowd reaction. "They're heckling us, calling us names. .It's nothing personal or nothing serious."

Marc Gasol had 34 points and 14 rebounds, and the Grizzlies built a 19-point third-quarter lead over Golden State before holding on for the win.

James Ennis III added 13 points, and Tyreke Evans had 12 as Memphis shot 47 per cent compared to 39 per cent for Golden State. The Warriors shot 12 of 38 from three-point range.