OKC Thunder notebook: Kendrick Perkins, Joakim Noah have heated postgame exchange

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.
by Darnell Mayberry and Anthony Slater Published: December 19, 2013

“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.

TECHNICAL ISSUES

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.

UP NEXT

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.


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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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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