Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant plays with the second teamers

by Darnell Mayberry Published: November 17, 2012

After Kendrick Perkins and Memphis forward Zach Randolph nearly squared off on the court Wednesday, Westbrook and New Orleans guard Greivis Vasquez had to be separated Friday. When the two were slapped with double technical fouls just before heading to their respective locker rooms for halftime, the jawing escalated and saw Hornets coach Monty Williams begin exchanging words with Durant and Perkins.

“When you have guys like Russell and Greivis out there competing like that, things will happen,” Williams said after the game. “We're men. But you also have to be man enough to admit that we do goofy things when we compete. … It's funny, while we were talking, nobody was cussing. I don't cuss anyway. Scotty doesn't. So we were just out there kind of yelling back and forth. Basically they were just kicking our butts.”

Durant said Saturday there were no hard feelings.

“That was just a big misunderstanding,” Durant said. “He thought we said something. We thought they said something. That's over with. I got a lot of respect for Monty Williams, coming from the same area I'm from. … I like what he's doing down there in New Orleans, so it's nothing against them. I'm glad we kind of squashed that.”

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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THUNDER'S NEXT FIVE

SUNDAY: vs. Golden State, 6 p.m. (FSOK) — The Thunder has won six straight over the Warriors, but it hasn't been easy. They've had some high-scoring affairs, and OKC has needed some last-second heroics.

WEDNESDAY: vs. Los Angeles Clippers, 6:30 p.m. (ESPN, FSOK) — This will be the only visit of the season for former Oklahoma great Blake Griffin and former NO/OKC Hornets point guard Chris Paul.

FRIDAY: at Boston, 6:30 p.m. (NBA TV, FSOK) — One of the league's oldest rosters goes against one of the league's youngest. Thunder has won four of its last five against Celtics and three straight in Boston.

SATURDAY: at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. (FSOK) — The Sixers will still be without the services of center Andrew Bynum, acquired during the offseason from the Lakers. OKC is 6-1 (.857) all-time against Philadelphia.

NOV. 26: vs. Charlotte, 7 p.m. (FSOK) — Bobcats set an NBA record for worst winning percentage in a season last year at .106 (7-59), but they entered their Saturday night game against Memphis with a 5-4 overall record.

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