Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Kendrick Perkins sends early message to Patrick Beverley

On OKC's first trip down court and with Beverley pressuring replacement point guard Reggie Jackson in the back court, Perkins set a hard pick at midcourt and Jackson drove Patrick right into it.
BY JOHN ROHDE Published: April 28, 2013
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Two days after the Rockets waived him, Fisher signed with the Thunder.

Fisher quieted the crowd by scoring nine points, which included converting two free throws with 12.5 seconds left to give OKC a 102-99 lead.

TIP-INS

Due in part to heavy rain in the area, the crowd was slow to arrive. Seats didn't fill up until midway through the second quarter. … Houston forward Greg Smith did not play because of stomach distress. … Beverley, who had 16 points and 12 rebounds in Game 2, had six points, two rebounds and five fouls in Game 3. … The Thunder won despite shooting 37.9 percent from the field for the game. It actually finished with a higher percentage from 3-point range (38.5 percent). … OKC outscored Houston 18-9 in second-chance points, but was outscored 42-30 in the paint and 17-6 in fast-break points.

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LeBron James of the Miami Heat on Westbrook being lost for the season after knee surgery: “It sucks. He's a guy who's never missed a game his whole life. We're not just talking about the NBA. He's never missed a game in high school, college or Little League. It's unfortunate, especially for a great player like him, seeing how hard he works, especially being with the Olympic team. It's unfortunate. Hopefully, he has a speedy recovery.”



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