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DeMarcus Cousins and Joel Embiid’s playful exchange is trending

Sacramento Kings forward DeMarcus Cousins (15) spins toward the basket as he's defended by the Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) during their game at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California on Monday, December 26, 2016.
Sacramento Kings forward DeMarcus Cousins (15) spins toward the basket as he's defended by the Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) during their game at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California on Monday, December 26, 2016. hamezcua@sacbee.com

Trending on social media on the morning after Monday’s NBA game between the Sacramento Kings and Philadelphia 76ers was the mutual admiration between two big men - DeMarcus Cousins and Joel Embiid.

Dominant Kings center Cousins and impressive rookie Embiid went toe to toe, and had some fun together and expressed their appreciation of one another through some playful butt slaps and in post-game interviews.

Cousins walked away from the Kings 102-100 victory over Phildelphia with a great deal of respect for Embiid. They got physical with one another at the Golden 1 Center, but Cousins called him a “special kid,” and thinks that when he develops a better understanding of the game, “he’s going to be scary man...that’s a special kid.”

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