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Oklahoma City Thunder: Kendrick Perkins, OKC's defensive anchor, shows he can score

Kendrick Perkins collects 17 points, shoots 8 for 9 from the field to help Thunder hammer Phoenix
By John Rohde Published: February 8, 2013
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/articleid/3753624/1/pictures/1948155">Photo - Oklahoma City's' Kendrick Perkins (5) dunks the ball during the NBA game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Phoenix Suns at theChesapeake Energy Arena, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013.Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City's' Kendrick Perkins (5) dunks the ball during the NBA game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Phoenix Suns at theChesapeake Energy Arena, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013.Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

“I think it's the first game in a while that Scott got on us at halftime about our effort,” Perkins said. “It was our first time watching film in a long time, and he got on us about our effort in the defensive end. He told us it's not a pick-up game, and we have to go out there and defend. That's what we went out there and did.”

Brooks spoke at length about Perkins afterward and is maintaining the same expectations since his arrival in OKC.

“He had just a great shooting night,” Brooks said. “I've said many times before, we don't judge Perk on his points. We judge Perk on his activity and his leadership and his ability to anchor the defense. He made a couple of jump shots, he made a runner, but he's been making that the last couple three or four weeks. It was a balanced scoring attack. Everybody participated.

“Perk works every day, guys. He anchors our defense and he takes pride in it. There's no question that everybody feels good that they get opportunities to score, but he doesn't go home thinking he had a bad game if he only scored four or five points. We don't allow him to think that way. He's one of our emotional leaders.”


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