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Zach Randolph, Kendrick Perkins Fight? Incident Reportedly Occurs After Ejections

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The situation in Memphis reportedly escalated in a hurry after the Grizzlies' Zach Randolph and Oklahoma City's Kendrick Perkins were both ejected from Wednesday night's game after jawing at each other during Russell Westbrook's free throws with 2:05 remaining in regulation.

As the referee was retrieving the ball after Westbrook's first foul shot, Randolph can be seen approaching Perkins but was immediately stopped by teammate Marc Gasol. But Perkins and Randolph exchanged a few more words and suddenly were both tossed out of the game.

ESPN's John Hollinger tweeted that the incident may have stemmed from an elbow by Perkins.


John Hollinger
Looked like Perk elbowed Z-Bo in upper back or head on prev trip and Z-Bo confronted him about it at FT line.

The beef between the two big men may not have ended there. After the Grizzlies won the game, Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman tweeted that Perkins and Randolph had another altercation near the locker rooms.


Darnell Mayberry
After getting ejected in the 4th quarter, Kendrick Perkins & Zach Randolph had an altercation near the locker rooms. Police investigating.

However, Mayberry later tweeted that the police captain said there is no investigation. Still, the Oklahoman's Jenni Carlson tweeted that something had transpired between the two.

According to Royce Young of CBS Sports, a source said something did happen but "Randolph and Perk didn't physically confront each other but were just 'cussing back and forth' in the tunnel."

While Perkins chose not to speak to the media, Randolph offered a brief explanation.

"There's a lot of bluffing going on on the court, that's all," Randolph said, via USA Today. "And I don't bluff."

 
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