Following the Thunder's win over Chicago on Thursday night, the starting centers for both teams got into a brief but heated exchange inside the Thunder's locker room.
Bulls center Joakim Noah accompanied friend and Thunder starter Thabo Sefolosha into Oklahoma City's dressing room. Perkins immediately took exception.
“They let anybody into the locker room, huh?” Perkins shouted after spotting Noah at the entrance of the dressing room while seated at his locker.
Russell Westbrook, from across the room, soon chimed in.
Noah then addressed Perkins directly, asking if he wanted him to leave and saying if Perkins wanted him out he would leave. Perkins, still seated, responded with an obscenity-laced retort, which he capped by saying “Get yo' (expletive) up out of here.”
Team officials and security quickly huddled in an attempt to diffuse the rapidly escalating situation. Noah remained at the entrance of the locker room for a brief moment before exiting.
Reporters later saw Perkins and Noah briefly exchange words once more in the hallway when they crossed paths.
3-POINTERS FALL FOR THUNDER
During an impressive run through the early season slate, it's been hard to find flaws in this Thunder team.
But OKC's lack of 3-point shooting has clearly been its most glaring one.
Entering Thursday night, the Thunder ranked 26th in the NBA, making only 32.9 percent of its threes — a number far off last year's 37.7 percent clip, good for third in the NBA.
But during its 107-95 win over the Bulls, OKC hit 9-of-15 from deep.
“We need to get better, and I think we have over the last 10-15 games after that bad start,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. “Still have to take more. Fifteen threes, I'd like to be in the 20s. But the number 9, 9-of-15, is terrific.”
ROUGH NIGHT FOR SERGE IBAKA
Serge Ibaka has been relatively consistent for most of the season, putting up double-doubles on the regular.
But on Thursday night, facing foul trouble throughout, he was a non-factor.
Ibaka finished with five points, three rebounds and five fouls in only 20 minutes, looking frustrated throughout.
After a questionable foul in the first quarter, Kevin Durant got a technical for arguing the call.
It was only his second of the season, but the Thunder's 30th, most in the NBA.
Russell Westbrook leads the team with four.
STAT OF THE GAME
This Thunder team and the 2007-08 San Antonio Spurs are the only teams in the past decade to start 13-0 at home, per Elias.
RUSSELL WESTBROOK'S ANKLE FINE
As Westbrook crashed to the floor late in the second quarter, the OKC crowd collectively held its breath.
And as Westbrook got up gingerly, holding his right ankle, the anxiety worsened.
But after sitting the final few minutes of the first half, Westbrook returned for the second, showing no ill effects.
The Thunder travel to San Antonio for an intriguing Saturday showdown with the defending Western Conference champs. Tony Parker (shin) is questionable for the Spurs. Game time is 7:30 p.m.