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Thunder notebook: Kendrick Perkins has 'been here before' on technicals

Thunder center Kendrick Perkins already has 11 technical fouls, but he says he's not worried about going over 13 and getting a one-game suspension.
BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, Published: February 23, 2012


The Thunder goes into the All-Star break with a 27-7 record, tied with Miami for the NBA's best mark.

The best start in franchise history was 29-6 by the 1997-98 Seattle SuperSonics, who finished 61-21.

OKC has now won 12 straight at The Peake and is 15-1 at home overall.


Thunder starting guard Daequan Cook came out firing in the second half, attempting six 3-pointers in slightly less than six minutes, and hitting two. He finished with eight points and shot 2 for 7 from 3-point range.

Cook has now made 9 of his last 49 3-pointers.

Asked if it feels like he's getting his shooting stroke back, Cook said: "It really wasn't gone. I just missed some shots. All my shots felt the same, felt good. I don't really feel like it was gone, the shots just didn't want to fall for me at that time."

Meanwhile, Lakers forward Metta World Peace (formerly Ron Artest), who entered the game shooting 21.2 percent on 3-pointers for the season, went 3 for 5.


With All-Star break upon us, the Thunder's next game will be Wednesday at Philadelphia, followed by a Thursday game at Orlando, which will be OKC's last back-to-back road games of the season. That is followed by a March 3 game at Atlanta. The Thunder then returns home for five straight games.


Brooks on whether Three-Point Contest participant Durant should seek coaching tips from Cook, who won the competition in 2009: "I hope so because last year's performance was pathetic. Sometimes when you're receptive to coaches is when you need them, and right now he needs coaching. He hasn't done well in that 3-point contest. We need to bring back the H-O-R-S-E contest so he can bring something home."

(Durant finished last in the competition at Staples Center last year, scoring just six points.)