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Oklahoma City Thunder: Kendrick Perkins has season-high in rebounds again

Perk had 12 boards on Sunday at Portland; he follows that with 13 on Monday at Phoenix
BY YOUR NAME Staff Writer email@opubco.com Published: January 14, 2013

“Very rarely do you have two starters out. The way we played that game in the environment there was in Portland and the way they had been playing at home. It was inspiring basketball. Our defensive execution was right on, just about every possession.

“There's no question I had no clue what was going to transpire … but I knew our guys always play hard.”

FAMILIAR FACES

Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. apparently is a Thunder fan. He was at last Friday night's game at Staples Center against the Los Angeles Lakers, and was in attendance Monday for OKC's game at Phoenix.

Also on hand was Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA's all-time scorer with 38,387 points.

TIP-INS

Kevin Durant was named Western Conference player of the week after averaging a league-best 32.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.5 assists. … This was the Thunder's eighth back-to-back of the season and it has 15 total. OKC is 6-2 on the first night and 6-2 on the second. … The Thunder outscored Phoenix 48-34 in the paint and 14-6 on fast-break points, but the Suns outscored OKC 22-16 in second-chance points thanks to 14 offensive rebounds and a 48-42 advantage on the boards.

LAMB, ORTON HONORED

Thunder guard Jeremy Lamb was selected to the All-NBA Development League Showcase First Team as members of the Tulsa 66ers at the four-day, 16-game Showcase last week in Reno, Nev.

Center Daniel Orton was a Third Team selection.

QUOTABLE

Perkins on Durant and Russell Westbrook scoring 47 of the team's 51 second-half points at Phoenix on Monday night: “That's why they get paid the big bucks … I'm being for real.”

BY JOHN ROHDE


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