On the Thunder's recent three-game road trip, Kendrick Perkins had three points, five rebounds and a combined plus/minus of negative-35 in 48 minutes.
When he was on the court, the Thunder played poorly.
But on Sunday against the Pacers, Perkins had his best performance of the season, compiling six points, seven rebounds and a plus/minus of positive-19 in OKC's easy 118-94 win over Indiana.
And in doing so, the Thunder's much-maligned center showed once again that, in the right matchup, he provides value.
On this night, that matchup came against 7-foot-3 Roy Hibbert, one of the best centers in the league and a guy the Thunder could conceivably see in a potential Finals matchup.
“He's huge,” Pacers coach Frank Vogel said of Perkins' defensive value. “To play with two physical monsters like they have in (Serge) Ibaka and Perkins, that makes it difficult to score.”
Because of icy and hazardous road conditions, the Fox Sports broadcast truck failed to make it to the arena on Sunday night.
And because of that, a local Cox truck was used to produce the broadcasts for both teams, meaning a decreased picture quality and less camera views.
STAT OF THE GAME
Reggie Jackson has scored in double-digits five straight games, a regular-season career-high.
LOCAL STAR SIGHTINGS
Oklahoma State quarterback Clint Chelf and OU center Gabe Ikard, one day after battling in Bedlam, were seated courtside at the Thunder game. And no, they weren't together.
During a timeout, both were shown on the Jumbotron and loudly cheered.
After a quick and easy win on its home court, the Thunder is back out on the road early this week, playing the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday and the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday.