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Kendrick Perkins opens Game 3 with hard, message-sending screen on Patrick Beverley

Dan Devine
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If you were wondering how long it would take for some member of the Oklahoma City Thunder to take a shot at Patrick Beverley as a measure of retaliation for the Houston Rockets guard's role in the play that injured Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, necessitating right knee surgery that will keep him out for the rest of the season, the answer was 28 seconds. And the retaliator, of course, was Kendrick Perkins, Oklahoma City's veteran center, Kevin Garnett's former disciple and the Thunder's current "traffic cop."

On OKC's first possession of the game, Perkins directed Beverley right into a hard, unmistakeable, illegal screen at half-court:

Ah, "unwritten rules."

Perkins was called for an offensive foul on the play, and the Thunder turned the ball over. That was just about all that went wrong for Oklahoma City in an opening quarter that saw Kevin Durant score 17 points on 6 for 9 shooting en route to taking a 20-point lead after the opening 12 minutes. (And considering the whole point was Perkins hitting Beverley in the interest of vengeance, I suppose it didn't really go wrong.)

Beverley scored two points, notched one assist and picked up three quick fouls in the first quarter.

Video via Daily Thunder's Royce Young.

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