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OKC Thunder: Nick Collison ejected after shoving match with Pelicans' Austin Rivers

The two exchanged shoves and had to be separated before coming to blows.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: April 14, 2014
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photo - Oklahoma City Thunder forward Nick Collison, left, and New Orleans Pelicans guard Austin Rivers, third right, get into a scuffle in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Monday, April 14, 2014. Both were ejected from the game. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Nick Collison, left, and New Orleans Pelicans guard Austin Rivers, third right, get into a scuffle in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Monday, April 14, 2014. Both were ejected from the game. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

IBAKA IMPRESSES AGAIN

Thunder forward Serge Ibaka scored 22 points with a game-high 16 rebounds and a career-high five assists against the Pelicans.

On Friday, Ibaka scored 16 points with 10 rebounds and eight blocked shots against New Orleans.

On Monday, Ibaka started hot, with eight points, three rebounds and three assists in the first quarter, and carried over his effort throughout. He also tied his career-high with 10 free throw attempts.

JACKSON PLAYS, WESTBROOK DOESN’T

Reggie Jackson started at point guard for the Thunder in place of Westbrook, who rested his surgically repaired right knee Monday.

Jackson’s status against New Orleans was unclear after he injured his neck Sunday at Indiana.

Jackson struggled all night, though, scoring four points on 1-for-7 shooting. He had just two rebounds, three assists and four fouls.

TIP-INS

The Thunder went 9-for-32 from 3-point range Monday...Oklahoma City had 18 turnovers against the Pelicans. The Thunder had just 20 in the previous two games and 34 in its previous four…Durant finished with a game-high seven turnovers…Caron Butler scored 19 points on 6-for-9 shooting off the bench...The Thunder was outscored 44-32 in paint points...Monday’s game had 13 lead changes and 15 ties.

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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