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Although the Hornets appeared thoroughly outclassed, they continued working hard, which seemed to get under the skin of some Thunder players.
Westbrook and Greivis Vasquez were assessed double technical fouls at the end of the half, and Durant and Kendrick Perkins walked toward halfcourt to have words with Hornets players including Davis instead of walking toward the tunnel. Monty Williams also strode toward center court and angrily told Durant and Perkins not to talk to his players.
The teams then headed to the locker rooms without further incident, and Hornets fans lustily booed Thunder players as they disappeared into the tunnel.
NOTES: Hornets G Matt Carroll, acquired in a trade that sent Hakim Warrick to Charlotte on Tuesday, still has not reported to New Orleans, which has played twice since the deal. Hornets general manager Dell Demps stopped short of saying the Hornets intended to buy Carroll out, but said the player and team have an agreement that essentailly has excused Carroll from showing up to this point. ... The lopsided loss for the Hornets came on the same day the club announced a multiyear contract extension for Demps. The club did not release specific contract terms, citing team policy. ... The Thunder, who had lost their previous game Wednesday at Memphis, improved to 3-0 in games played after a loss. Last season Oklahoma City was 15-3 in games played after a loss.
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