With 2:27 left in the second quarter of the Thunder's 91-75 victory over Toronto on Sunday night, words were exchanged between center Kendrick Perkins and several Toronto players after a timeout.
Raptors center Jamaal Magloire looked at the Thunder bench and made a throat-slashing gesture as he walked to his bench.
Though Magloire and Perkins stood side-by-side during free-throw attempts immediately after the timeout, there were no further incidents.
"Hit them back, and hit them first," Magloire said of his physical style. "For me, as a player, I have been around for a very long time and I know all the guys I am playing against. I know their tendencies and I know their habits. I'm one not to back down. As a result, what I find is it often happens to them and they back down. I just try to pass that on to my teammates."
Sunday was the 43rd consecutive sellout at The Peake, dating back to the final 14 games last season. … During halftime, Thunder forward Serge Ibaka and Toronto point guard Jose Calderon chatted for several minutes at midcourt. They were teammates last summer on the gold medal team from Spain at the 2011 EuroBasket championships. … Playing with a severely bruised right eye suffered four days earlier at Philadelphia, a one-eyed Calderon burned the Thunder for 10 early points on 5-for-6 shooting. He finished with a team-high 19 points, shot 8 for 12 and had six assists. … Ibaka made his first two shots of the game and missed his last seven. … Forward Andrea Bargnani, the Raptors' leading scorer at 19.9 points per game, had tightness in his left calf and did not play in the second half. He had seven points and five rebounds in 14 first-half minutes.
OKC flew to Milwaukee at 9:30 p.m. Sunday for its Monday game against the Bucks. Thanks to a trade that sent shooting guard Monta Ellis from Golden State to Milwaukee, the Thunder will have to go against Ellis for a fourth time this season.
"That's the last person we want to face," Brooks deadpanned of Ellis, who averaged 24.0 points against the Thunder while with the Warriors this season, which included a career-high 48 points on Feb. 7 in Oakland.
Toronto coach Dwane Casey on the Thunder: "They are a great team, believe me. We could play them 10 out of 10 times and the results probably wouldn't be any different."