It took overtime to separate the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Toronto Raptors in the first game of their NBA Eastern Conference semi-final on Tuesday night. The Cavs won the game 113-112 in Toronto.
It also took several standers-by to separate Cavs squad member Kendrick Perkins and rapper Drake, a Raptors fan. The two exchanged heated words just before half-time.
After the game, Perkins - whose father Kenny played basketball in Ireland with Killester - said the exchange had begun when Drake overhead a conversation between him and former teammate with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Serge Ibaka.
"I was fucking with Serge, my old teammate. I wasn't talking to (Drake)," Perkins told ESPN.
"(I was) telling him 'We about to win this game,' and Drake butted in talking shit to me. So I said something back to him.
"He said something slick so I said something back: 'Sit your ass down and watch the game.'"
"I don't think Drake want that one."
KG, @Lakers' @kylekuzma, Rasheed Wallace & @AlabamaMBB head coach, @CoachAvery6 talk @Drake and Kendrick Perkins talking during Game 1 . #KGArea21 pic.twitter.com/0aLxPwW2YG
— KG's Area 21 (@KGArea21) May 2, 2018
The row continued after the final buzzer of overtime.
This went all the way into the tunnel, with Drake calling Perkins a "f------ p----" and calling for him to come out. "I'm here in real life," he said. He was mad. https://t.co/3DJ2HBvrWN
— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) May 2, 2018
Drake and Kendrick Perkins exchanged more words postgame pic.twitter.com/Z0rdXDe1uL
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) May 2, 2018