The second quarter of the United States’ World Cup semifinal against Lithuania included what could have been an ugly scene between the United States’ DeMarcus Cousins and Lithuania’s Jonas Valanciunas.
Valanciunas was boxing out Cousins when he elbowed Cousins in the throat. Cousins took exception and wound up as if to throw a punch before thinking better of it. Valanciunas, for his part, appeared to brace for being hit.
Cousins was assessed a technical foul on the play.
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