The unlikely spat between Cleveland Cavaliers center Kendrick Perkins and Drake continued after the defending Eastern Conference champions defeated the Toronto Raptors, 113-112, in overtime on Tuesday night at Air Canada Centre.
After exchanging verbal barbs midway through the contest, Perkins and the Raptors superfan reportedly clashed a second time in the tunnel following Cleveland's Game 1 win.
According to the Toronto Star's Bruce Arthur, Drake called Perkins a "f--king p---y" and challenged him to meet him face-to-face.
"I'm here in real life," he added.
Shortly before that altercation, ESPN.com's Dave McMenamin relayed video of the two jawing (NSFW language):
The beef originated when Drake and Perkins crossed paths as both clubs made their way to the halftime locker room:
"What happened was I was talking to my old teammate Serge (Ibaka) walking into halftime telling him 'We about to win this game,' and Drake butted in talking s--t to me," Perkins told ESPN.com's Adrian Wojnarowski in a text message. "So I said something back to him."
Drake later offered an explanation of his own in the comments section on Instagram:
And that was just the series opener.
Game 2 will tip off Thursday at 6 p.m. ET from Air Canada Centre.