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Oklahoma City Thunder: Kendrick Perkins, Zach Randolph square off near interview room

Perkins declines comment, while Randolph says game between Western Conference contenders was full of emotion.
By John Rohde Published: November 14, 2012

With 2:05 remaining in Wednesday night's game at Chesapeake Energy Arena, Memphis Grizzlies power forward Zach Randolph and Thunder center Kendrick Perkins were ejected after a verbal altercation while lining up across from each other at the free-throw lane.

After the two players were separated, Perkins ran off the court in front of the Thunder bench and into a hallway, where he had another altercation with Randolph outside the postgame interview room next to the Thunder locker room.

The players were separated by Oklahoma City police officers. People in the postgame interview area heard something being slammed against the door.

Security members huddled briefly thereafter to discuss the matter, but no action was taken against either player.

The team locker rooms are roughly 50 feet apart on opposite sides of the hallway.

An agitated Perkins declined to comment afterward.

In the Memphis locker room, Randolph calmly dismissed both incidents.

What was said on the court to get you both ejected?

Randolph: “Aw, I didn't say nothin'.”

What happened in the hallway after that?

Randolph: “It wasn't nothin'. It was a good, tough, hard-fought game. It was competitive, just out there playing, two physical teams that want to win, a lot of emotions flying, so just part of basketball.”

Did you and Perkins settle your differences?

Randolph: “Man, I play basketball. I don't worry about all that. Perk's all right. There's a lot of bluffin' going on the court, that's all, you know. And I don't bluff.”

The Grizzlies (6-1) posted a convincing 107-97 victory over the Thunder (6-3) to push their winning streak to six games while snapping OKC's winning streak at five.

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