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OKC Thunder: Kendrick Perkins' shot sinks Portland

An unexpected baseline jumper from the Thunder center helped OKC stop the Trail Blazers.
by Anthony Slater Published: January 21, 2014

/articleid/3926159/1/pictures/2325171">Photo - Oklahoma City's Kendrick Perkins (5) celebrates after blocking a shot late in an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Portland Trail Blazers at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. Oklahoma City won 105-97. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City's Kendrick Perkins (5) celebrates after blocking a shot late in an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Portland Trail Blazers at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. Oklahoma City won 105-97. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

But regardless, it's not the look the Thunder wants in that crucial of a situation. And in the future, it's likely one you'll never see again, for fear of an arena-wide heart attack.

But for one night, it served as the icing to Durant's masterpiece. A feel-good shot for a much-maligned center who does the brunt of the team's defensive dirty work and shoulders an unfair amount of the offensive blame.

On Tuesday, he had one of his best performances of the year, forcing a majority of LaMarcus Aldridge's 10 misses in an inefficient 6-of-16 second half for the Portland superstar.

But this night will be remembered for his offense. For that brief and entertaining moment when Perk turned into Dirk, drilling a crucial and confident Nowitzki-esque 15-footer as his hometown fans looked on in horror.

 “It's a great feeling,” Jackson said. “I can't think of too many people — anybody — that is more deserving. Especially for all the things he does and all the criticism he gets.”

 “To see him get rewarded with that was pretty refreshing,” Durant said. “I'm riding with Perk until the wheels fall off.”

by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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