The Knicks fell to the Thunder, 112-100, Sunday afternoon in Oklahoma City.
With the win, Oklahoma City swept the season series against the Knicks. The Thunder also beat the Knicks on Christmas Day.
The Knicks have lost the season series with the Thunder every year since the 2005-06 season.
Kevin Durant nearly notched a triple-double, scoring 41 points, hauling in 10 rebounds and dishing out nine assists.
Raymond Felton and Amare’ Stoudemire shared the team lead in scoring with 16 points.
Sam SpiegelmanThe Knicks’ inconsistent play continued Sunday afternoon, falling again to the Oklahoma City Thunder, 112-100, losing the season series for the eight straight year.
Despite leading by only five at the half, Kevin Durant and the Thunder (41-12) offense proved to be too much for the Knicks (20-31) to keep pace with and eventually ran away with it in the final quarter. After reports surfaced Friday that coach Mike Woodson’s job was in jeopardy, losing the 31st game of the year — more than the team lost all of last season — may be the final straw.
Durant’s MVP-caliber season continued as he nearly notched a triple-double, scoring a game-high 41 points and grabbing 10 rebounds, as well as nine assists. Starting in place of the injured Russell Westbrook, Reggie Jackson had 19 points, while Sergie Ibaka added 16.
The Knicks were led by Amare’ Stoudemire and Raymond Felton, who both scored 16 points. Carmelo Anthony, who did not play in the team’s last contest against the Thunder during their Christmas Day loss, had 15 points. Iman Shumpert and Tyson Chandler each added 12 points, while J.R. Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr. — who have been integral contributors off the bench during Knicks victories — combined for 12 points on 5-of-16 shooting.
Anthony is now 10-3 all time in head-to-head matchups with Durant.
Next Game: The Knicks host the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.