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NBA investigating alleged Perkins-Randolph postgame altercation

By Royce Young | NBA writer

The NBA is investigating an alleged postgame altercation between Zach Randolph and Kendrick Perkins that occurred after both players were ejected late in Wednesday's Memphis -Oklahoma City game, a league spokesman told

After both players were thrown out, there was a verbal altercation that occured near the locker rooms. The home and visiting locker rooms in Oklahoma City are separated by about 50 feet and a set of double-doors.

The Oklahoman originally reported that there was a police investigation, but Oklahoma City police denied an altercation took place and that there was an investigation.

A source who witnessed the event tells there was a verbal confrontation between Randolph and Perkins, but nothing physical. "Just cussing back and forth," the source said.

Perkins did not make himself available to the media after the game, ignoring a reporter's request to speak. Randolph did speak to reporters, saying of the hallway incident, "It wasn't nothing. It was a good, tough, hard-fought game. It was competitive -- just out there playing, two physical teams that want to win. A lot of emotions flying, so just part of basketball.

"Man, I play basketball. I don't worry about all that. Perk's all right. There's a lot of bluffing going on the court, that's all, you know. And I don't bluff."

The Memphis Commercial Appeal reported that both players "tried to get to each other but security prevented (a) physical altercation." The newspaper quoted a witness who called it "playground stupid."

The Grizzlies won, 107-97.

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