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Kendrick Perkins downplays altercation between Russell Westbrook’s brother, Montrezl Harrell

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Ray Westbrook, the brother of Houston Rockets star Russell Westbrook, was reportedly escorted out of Staples Center after he allegedly had a post-game spat with L.A. Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell on Friday night.

Former player and TV analyst Kendrick Perkins gave his take on the situation and defended Ray on the accusations thrown at him:

There is obviously conflicting sides of the story here. Perkins claims that Ray didn’t instigate any harm or confrontation, while reports say that that an altercation between the two occurred.

Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports broke the story following the game. According to reports, Ray Westbrook allegedly started jawing at Harrell after the final buzzer sounded. Harrell, who finished the game with 18 points and seven rebounds off the bench, didn’t back down and fired back. Obviously, Russell Westbrook had nothing to do with this.

As Harrell made his way back to the locker room, Ray Westbrook reportedly tried to “rush the court” to continue the confrontation. That is when security reportedly stepped in and directed Westbrook out of the arena.

Friday night’s showdown between the Rockets and the Clippers is definitely on the short-list of games of the season thus far. Both teams treated NBA fans with a thrilling contest, with L.A. coming out on top via a come from behind effort.

With that said, it’s understandable why emotions can run high, especially after a marquee match-up like that.

The NBA will probably take a look into this situation. However, so far, there are no video evidence or any fan witnesses claiming that his did happen.