Kendrick Perkins isn't ready to say he's all the way back.

It's not his style. Not this soon.

But even for a guy who admittedly is his own worst critic, Perkins was pleased with his performance in the Thunder's 106-92 win over Dallas in the preseason opener for both teams Sunday night.

He had no choice but to be after how he performed under the bright lights for the first time and in the backyard of the defending NBA champions.

"What I liked best is I just anchored the defense. I think I did a great job of that," Perkins said.