Kendrick Perkins and Zach Randolph are surrounded in speculation after a reported locker-room altercation after both were ejected during the fourth quarter of the Memphis Grizzlies 107-97 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
UPDATE: Thursday, November 15 at 1:13 p.m. ET
The NBA is investigating Wednesday night's reported confrontation involving Memphis Grizzliesforward Zach Randolph and Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins, according to a league spokesman...
...The Memphis Commercial Appeal reported that both players "tried to get to each other but security prevented (a) physical altercation." The newspaper quoted a witness who called it 'playground stupid.'
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Darnell Mayberry, Thunder beat writer for The Oklahoman, originally reported that police were investigating a potential altercation near the locker room:
After getting ejected in the 4th quarter, Kendrick Perkins & Zach Randolph had an altercation near the locker rooms. Police investigating.— Darnell Mayberry (@DarnellMayberry) November 15, 2012
Mayberry shortly followed up by reporting that the two superstars did not have an altercation as originally suspected:
Police captain saying an altercation did not take place and there is no investigation underway.— Darnell Mayberry (@DarnellMayberry) November 15, 2012
The score was 101-89 in favor of the Grizz with just 2 minutes to play in the fourth quarter. Russell Westbrook had just hit two free throws when some bumping went on down low and words were exchanged.
Things got a little out of hand after Randolph was bumped by Perkins in the paint following the free throw. Some profanity and coarse language ensued from Zach Randolph before the ejections started.
Marc Gasol got into the mix after words were exchanged by Perkins and Randolph, but was not ejected. He had already received a technical foul earlier in the action and would have been booted as well.
Following his ejection, Perkins took off running to the locker room after staring down Gasol and Randolph.
The game was well decided at the point of the incident and the officials were right to stop the situation before it developed into something bigger.
In the process of all of the drama, Memphis escaped a visit to Oklahoma City by extending its winning streak to six games, while the Thunder’s own streak was snapped at five games.