Kendrick Perkins wanted more. Even after he had just spent 30-plus minutes going head-to-head with Dwight Howard, and the Thunder barely got out of Orlando with a win, the big man immediately expressed his burning desire for an even more difficult night. "I really want to have an overtime game on the road, another one like Portland," Perkins said. As if the Thunder hasn't been through enough battles. Two in two nights seemed brutal enough. But, as Perkins said, they're building character. "I think that builds a lot going into the playoffs," Perkins said. "Because every night, teams are going to come out and give us their best shot, so we got to really be prepared for that. We got to keep building." On Wednesday, the Thunder gutted out a 92-88 victory at Philadelphia. Oklahoma City overcame a horrific third quarter in which the Sixers held it to 2-for-20 shooting. But the Thunder buckled down in the fourth quarter, turned up the defense, watched it lead to offense and ultimately outscored Philly 29-21 in the fourth quarter. On Thursday, the Thunder rose from the dead after three terrible quarters. Oklahoma City entered the fourth quarter down 11 after being unable to muster much offensively or figure out how to stop Orlando defensively. But in crunchtime, the Thunder again turned it up. OKC outscored Orlando 35-21 in the fourth quarter and held the Magic to 8-for-25 in the final period.
Kendrick Perkins says tough games on the road build character
The Oklahoman | Mar 3