DeMarcus Cousins was ejected from a game for the first time this season Tuesday night. Boogie lost it after picking up his fifth foul in a 129-103 loss to the visiting Rockets (the big fella was apologetic once he calmed down.) Per the Sac Bee:

t started in the first quarter, when James Harden pulled him down by his shoulder while fighting to get around Cousins and Harden wasn’t called for a foul. Cousins made a point to speak to the officials about that during a timeout.

Cousins spoke to the officials again at halftime before heading to the locker room. His yelling became too much with 8:21 to play in the third quarter, resulting in his first ejection of the season. That was the primary topic of discussion for the Kings after their 129-103 loss to the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night at Sleep Train Arena.

After being called for his fifth foul, Cousins tried to approach official Courtney Kirkland and had to be restrained twice by teammates and coaches. He quickly picked up two technical fouls and was ejected.

“No one in our organization has said he’s a finished product by any means,” Kings coach Michael Malone said. “He’s making the effort to try to get better. Obviously (Tuesday) he let his emotions get the best of him. We just have to try get back on track and try not to let it get to that point.”

“I know we needed him out there, and he knows it,” Kings forward Rudy Gay said. “I had a little conversation with him, and I’ve lost my cool while I’ve been here. It happens. It’s just a matter of how you’re going to make up for it.”

Cousins has a league-leading 15 technical fouls this season. His next technical foul will result in an automatic one-game suspension.