NY – Not only was there no Kevin Durant-Carmelo Anthony showdown, there wasn’t a lot of a recreation, both.
The Oklahoma City Thunder made certain of it with the most dominant performance ever by a highway crew on Christmas.
Durant scored 29 factors, Russell Westbrook had a triple-double by the middle of the third quarter, and the Thunder rolled to a 123-ninety four victory Wednesday over the New York Knicks.
The 29-level victory was the most important for a road team on Christmas.
“I just know that if we play the way in which we play, staff basketball, Thunder basketball, not too many teams that can beat us,” Westbrook said.
The Knicks, without Anthony, weren’t one in all them.
The matchup between the NBA’s high two scorers was canceled due to Anthony’s sprained left ankle, so the Thunder had the Christmas highlight all to themselves while successful for the 10th time in eleven games.
Westbrook finished with 14 factors, 13 rebounds and 10 assists in his first triple-double of the season and seventh of his profession. Serge Ibaka added 24 factors on 10-of-14 taking pictures because the Thunder left a sellout crowd of 19,812 booing the house crew, or making no noise at all.
“I said that on the bench, I used to be like, `Man, it appears like no one’s in right here,'” Durant mentioned.
Amare Stoudemire scored a season-excessive 22 points, and Tim Hardaway Jr. had 21 for the Knicks, who additionally have been lacking place to begin guard Raymond Felton. J.R. Smith scored 20 points, however shot 8 for 22 and was booed when he left the court docket for good.
Anthony sat out for the primary time this season. The Knicks have been by no means actually in it with out him and may not have had an opportunity with him the way in which the Thunder performed.
“Defensively, we simply weren’t there tonight,” Knicks coach Mike Woodson mentioned.
The Knicks not solely had hassle with the Thunder, but additionally with the special edition sleeved jerseys NBA groups are carrying on Christmas.
Beno Udrih hit the facet of the backboard on two shot makes an attempt within the first half, tugging on his sleeve after the second as if blaming his struggles on his gear.
Oklahoma Metropolis had a a lot simpler time in the uniforms. Coach Scott Brooks said before the sport the Thunder hadn’t had a formal observe in them, but gamers had shot around the previous couple of days within the jerseys that featured a giant logo in the middle of the chest and jersey numbers on the left sleeve.
“They appear nice. Hopefully, we play properly in them,” Brooks stated.
They performed fantastically.
Coming off a 104-ninety eight loss to Toronto on Sunday that ended a 9-game profitable streak and was their first setback at house this season, they shot fifty four percent and got 18 factors from Reggie Jackson.
Durant made all 5 shots in the first quarter, with the Thunder leading 35-29 after capturing 70 p.c. Jackson and Durant made three-pointers to begin the second, making Oklahoma Metropolis sixteen of 22. Ibaka did a lot of the work in an eight-2 spurt midway by way of the period that prolonged the result in 17, and the Thunder led 60-46 at halftime.
Durant and Westbrook took turns being unguardable on the perimeter in the third, boos rising louder as Oklahoma City went on to its sixth straight highway victory.
“I mean, I’m disillusioned with them. Honestly, my disappointment most likely outweighs theirs,” Knicks heart Tyson Chandler said about the fans. “It is what it’s. They come out here to see a show and so they come here to see their group play laborious and I perceive it.”
Anthony was harm Monday evening in a victory at Orlando, saying afterward he hoped to play Wednesday. However he looked glum and wasn’t strolling significantly nicely by the locker room space after getting treatment and testing the ankle, and the Knicks introduced he wouldn’t be in uniform about 50 minutes before the start.
He sat on the bench carrying a brown sports activities jacket, getting up slowly throughout timeouts every time the Knicks known as them in a futile try to stop the Thunder’s onslaught.
The Knicks fell to 0-7 in orange uniforms this season.
Chris Smith, J.R.’s brother, made his NBA debut with a scoreless minute on the end… Kenyon Martin returned to the Knicks after lacking 5 games with a strained left stomach muscle… Woodson stated he thought Felton (strained proper groin) would see more doctors Thursday, perhaps getting a greater idea how long he can be out. The Knicks have been additionally with out Metta World Peace, who has been battling a sore left knee.