NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 4: Kendrick Perkins #5 of the Oklahoma City Thunder drives to the basket against the New Orleans Pelicans on February 4, 2015 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)
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February 07, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) Oklahoma City center Kendrick Perkins was suspended for one game without pay by the NBA on Saturday for initiating and making head-to-head contact with New Orleans' Tyreke Evans.

The incident occurred in the first quarter of the Thunder's 116-113 home loss to the Pelicans on Friday night. Perkins and Evans were called for technical fouls on the play.

Perkins will miss the Thunder's home game Sunday against the Los Angeles Clippers.

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