“And me as the leader of this team, I'm not going to let nobody come in here and be sluggish or take nights off, or overlook a team, or look past a game,” he said.
PERKINS SCORES SEASON HIGH
After playing just seven minutes Tuesday night due to four fouls, Perkins responded by tying his season high of 12 points while adding six rebounds against the Warriors.
“I wanted to bounce back after the last game,” Perkins said. “I just was finding the open gap. I'm watching guys double Kevin, so I start watching film to see where I could find my spots to get in and get some opportunities. I just wanted to be aggressive.”
Perkins also had 12 points and six rebounds in the Thunder's win over Utah on Nov. 30.
THUNDER HAVING A ROUGH ROAD TRIP
Entering the fifth game of this current six-game road trip, the Thunder is 2-2 as it prepares to face Sacramento.
Although the first two games, at Dallas and Denver, both went into overtime, the Thunder is allowing 109 points per game so far on this trip.
“We've been a little bit up and down on the trip,” said Nick Collison. “I thought we played well (Tuesday) night, but the other three games were not great. We just got to get back to it. The good thing about our team is we know what to do … We know when we're not playing well, and we know what we need to do to play better so hopefully we'll do that the next night out.”
By Darnell Mayberry