Final: Thunder 123, Knicks 94

The Knicks (9-19), Thunder (23-5) on Christmas Day. 123-94.

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With the loss, New York moved to 22-27 all-time on Christmas Day games and 21-20 at MSG.

The Knicks are now 0-9 against Western Conference foes.

Carmelo Anthony, who was a game-time decision leading up to this game, did not play. Raymond Felton was sidelined, too.

Five Oklahoma City players scored in double-figures. In contrast, just three Knicks did.

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Even with their leading scorer and top rebounder, the Knicks faced an uphill climb against the Western Conference elite Without Carmelo Anthony, the task was even greater.

The Knicks (9-19) fell to the Thunder (23-5) on Christmas Day , 123-94, and in the process dropped their ninth consecutive game against a Western Conference foe.

 

The Knicks went toe-to-toe with the Thunder in the opening frame, that was until the visiting team went on a 9-2 run to take a six-point lead. It was in the second quarter, though, when Oklahoma City was able to extend its lead, taking a 14-point advantage into halftime as the Knicks went 3-of-13 shooting from the field.

It was more of the same in the third quarter, as the Thunder’s lead ballooned to 20 as Kevin Durant and Co. proved to be too much for the Knicks offense to keep pace with. By the fourth quarter, boos — and even a “Fire Dolan” chant — roared down from the Madison Square Garden crowd.

The only thing uglier than the final score was the uniforms on display from both squads.

Anthony, who was considered a game-time decision after getting injured in Monday’s win over the Magic, did not play due to an ankle injury. Anthony is second all-time only to Tracy McGrady in terms of scoring  average in Christmas Day games. Also out for New York was Raymond Felton, who aggravated his groin injury Monday as well.

Amare` Stoudemire stepped up on the offensive end in Anthony’s  absence, scoring a team-high 22 points after scoring all of 25 points in the past five contests, and for and for the first time this season, a player not named Carmelo Anthony led the team in scoring.

J.R. Smith dropped 20 in the start, and off the bench Tim Hardaway Jr. added 21 points, setting a new career mark.

With 1:21 remaining in the rout, Chris Smith, the brother of J.R. Smith, made his professional debut. The former Louisville standout did not attempt a shot.

The Thunder were led by none other than Durant, who was one of five Oklahoma City players to score in double-figures. Durant had a game-high 29 points and Serge Ibaka followed close by with 24. Russell Westbrook notched a triple-double, scoring 14, grabbing 12 boards and dishing out 10 assists. Off the bench, Reggie Jackson and Jeremy Lamb added 18 and 13 points, respectively.

Overall, the Thunder beat the Knicks not on rebounds or through turnovers forced but shooting. The Thunder shot 54 percent from the field and from 3-point range, while the Knicks struggled mightily, earning a 42 percent from the field and a miserable 26 percent from downtown.

Next:

The Knicks host the Toronto Raptors Friday at the Garden at 7:30 p.m.




86 comments
Robert C. Smith
Robert C. Smith

I actually watched both the Nets and Knicks today. It's really impressive what's going on right now; Garnett and Pierce turned into senior citizens from the moment they arrived. The Knicks play as if they don't know each other, even though the core of the team should know each other quite well by now - that, and Andrea Bargnani is the biggest Knicks stiff big man since Neal Walk.

Brostoevsky
Brostoevsky

This team is unwatchable, and the ghosts of Christmas past (ie, draft picks previously dealt) compound the issue. It's beyond shocking to me that Woodson is still coaching this team. Time is running out to fire him and still deduct severance from MSG's 2013 tax return, so I'm hoping someone comes to his senses and shakes this team up... I don't care about the injuries, the unbalanced roster, etc. This team is better than their record talent-wise, and I see young players getting worse and not better. Neither is acceptable

Francesco Monastra
Francesco Monastra

1st fire Woody

then tear this team apart


Lakers get: Garnett and Felton

Nets get: Melo Chandler Jr MWP Martin

Suns get: Pierce

Knicks get: Lopez Gasol Okafor Plumlee Shengelia (2 future 1st rd picks from Nets, 1st rd pick in 14 from Suns they got from Pacers)


Knicks get: Asik and Cannon

Rockets get: Barg and Prig 


Knicks then release Okafor C.Smith Aldrich Udrih, get a injury exception for Lopez

Sign Darius Morris Troy Daniels Manny Harris Devin Ebanks Jeremy Tyler Jarvis Varnado/Deywane Dedmon


new roster

PG: Morris Cannon Murry 

SG: Shump Harris Daniels

SF: Hardaway Jr Ebanks Shengelia

PF: Gasol Stat Tyler Plumlee

C: Asik Varnado/Dedmon

injury exception: Lopez


2014 you have cap to sign Kyle Lowry, maybe look to resign Gasol to go next to Asik and trade Lopez for sg/sf help, then have Pacers 2014 pick, and then exception to use

Marvel
Marvel

Wanna what type of organization we are?  we will /could /should clear up all of our cap space for 2015....and then jam the cap up by signing a few injury prone players to huge contracts..


resign Melo for 130 mill and watch history repeat itself in a few years..



uhggggggg


give me 5 players that make /are worth 10 mill over two players making 45+mill...



I wish I ran the knicks lol





ponzies86
ponzies86

This team needs to surround Melo with 3 point shooters. Letting Novak and Copeland go was bad

ponzies86
ponzies86

Melo is shooting 48.5 % in the month of December and 29ppg.  Trust me this team is no way in hell better without Melo

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

Beno is putting in a trade request. About time someone stood up.

John Bacarella
John Bacarella

Knicks should just cut amare and eat his money. Hes shot!

rgm891
rgm891

People pay good money to see this team on a daily basis. They just don't compete or care about playing together as a team. Woodson is so lost, and listening to the post game interview's is a clear sign this is turning into a disaster.  I just want player's to play hard on both ends of the court for eachother. Is that really to much to ask from our players?

Mike Jones
Mike Jones

team has no idenity and the sample size assessment period is over we arent getting better w/o FO moves , KD and WB didnt even have to get dressed and this would still be a loss

buddhabing
buddhabing

This team doesn't compete. They are mentally and physically fragile. No toughness or basketball IQ whatsoever. They are a reflection of the owner; an undisciplined, mentally deficient guy who has had things handed to him and has a feeling of entitlement that is woefully undeserved.

knickfan2
knickfan2

Steve Popper @StevePopper about 13 minutes ago Carmelo never spoke today, but the rest of the locker room - throwing rocks that make fans booing seem tame.

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Woodson has lost complete control. Bring in any competent HC...even if his name is Tickle Me Elmo.

zebeto
zebeto

...looks like the post game quotes is gonna be MUCH MORE OF A TALKING point than the beatdown they got oncourt !

Metropolitan
Metropolitan

Yeah the Nets are pathetic but the Knicks are even more pathetic hahaha

knickfan2
knickfan2

Tommy Dee via twitter:

Tommy Dee @_TommyDee_ about 22 minutes ago I think what's the most sad is fans target Chris Smith to take out their anger on. What did he do? #knicks.

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Uh, he's not only JR's brother...but he's a scrub who should not be in the league especially on our team!

and1buckets
and1buckets

Anyone remember J.R guaranteeing a championship back in Sept. lol

#whatamaroon

CiceAsNice
CiceAsNice

@Robert C. Smith When the Nets made the move to acquire both of them, I asked myself 'did they see he playoffs last year"?  Did the nets think they would get younger?  It was well known that Garnett has to go through much to play every game last year, did they see that getting better?  The Knicks will be ok, the Nets were done before the season started and the near future.

Brostoevsky
Brostoevsky

Impossible to know one way or the other... But it's a mistake to assume poor on-court performance has no impact on revenue. Ticket sales are only one of multiple revenue streams, which of course include Tv ratings and advertising

Tikki
Tikki

@bockers The C's from the 90s would eat this current crop for lunch.

ponzies86
ponzies86

@ExpectTheWorst Lakers have better shooters then the Knicks no doubt but still arent going to do anything with that run and gun system

wingo43
wingo43

@zdiddy4nyk I guess you forgot the Garden crowd chanting M-V-P to Amare the first year we got him.   It's not his fault we gave him all that money.

knickfan2
knickfan2

No one cared about Stat's D or rebounding when he was averaging 26/8. The only reason why any of that is so noticeable now is because he's lost all of his offensive pizzazz.

Tikki
Tikki

@zdiddy4nyk Thing is, it's really hard to evaluate Knicks GMs with Dolan as the owner.  As much as I hated many of Walsh's moves (e.g. the D'Antoni hire, Hill pick), I am never sure how much pressure there was from Dolan on the FA signings and trades.

Matty B
Matty B

@JaimeGreat points.  In today's game, the Thunder had the best 3 players on the court (KD, Westbrook and Ibaka).  Then if you say Chandler is the 4th best player, tell me the player on our team you'd rather have than Reggie Jackson?  That team knows what they are doing.  They literally have hit on every single draft pick.  Imagine they didn't do that stupid deal for Perkins?  Their lineup would be:

Ibaka

Green

Durant

Sephalosha

Westbrook


NASTY

rgm891
rgm891

Haha what did he say??? Good start

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@John Bacarella Why? In his last year you can get younger players and 2nd rounders for that huge contract.

Bad move to buy him out.

buddhabing
buddhabing

@knickfan2 The ship be sinkin. It was inevitable. things like this happen to teams with no leadership; from ownership on down to the players. Ever since Dolan has taken over basketball operations not one of his hires to run the team has been a competent basketball man with a good track record. The closest he ever got was Walsh who was forced on him by commissioner Stern. 

tommy2b
tommy2b

What seems even funnier now is the Knicks-Nets war of words in the summer.  Everyone honestly believed they were both contenders.

knickfan2
knickfan2

I can't front...Shump said the same thing about 2 weeks earlier. I remember going to work bragging about it, saying, "if my main man Shump said it, you can take it to the bank."

Needless to say, my co-workers haven't let me live that down.

wingo43
wingo43

@Jaime @ExpectTheWorst At least D'Antoni could run an offense (if he had a decent PG).  Woodson can't coach offense or defense.

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

@knickfan2 We all cared about his lack of D. It's just that at that time, he could make up for it by outscoring his counterpart. Now, he doesn't score nearly enough to balance it out. 

fasheezee
fasheezee

@Sandro Guedes @ponzies86 No, as usual you are completely wrong. Which of the first 5 guys are the next Melo, or LeBron, Wiggins, he is not even the best player on his college team. Parker? Melo took his college team to the NCAA chip. I don`t rhink Parker is going to do that? You are not getting LeRoid in the draft. Oscar, Russ Wilt Jordan Magic Bird , none of those guys are in this draft. Build around Melo, and get the right coach. He has had 3 wack coaches in the NBA, and has never had the quality to really compete for a ring, as did Pat, who took all the same shiz that Melo is, he is in the HOF

ponzies86
ponzies86

@Sandro Guedes @ponzies86 Draft picks often dont pan out unless you get into the top 5. and No other team is going to give up that unless their competing for a ring this year 

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

Don't just be a coach, be a person. There are a bunch tweets over on Hoopshype. Don't try to throw a Slovenian under the bus. He ain't Shump.

knick4life
knick4life

But only if the Knicks are prepared to take on contracts past 2015. Doesn't seem like that is the case.

Marvel
Marvel

@VerySilentJay

 he probably said it because that's the only way this fake coach won't play him..



obviously we've suffered with him this long,your way is more logical.


Marvel
Marvel

@knick4life 

a lot of this stuff, if done correctly would work...



none of us believe this org is capable of that.. not one person here..


jeandd323
jeandd323

@Sandro Guedes @zebeto i thought losing against Washington would done it - especially the way we lost.


The fans should boycott the games to force the owner hands and demand changes. I am ready to lead the boycott. 

I will be the first  "paysan" with pitchfork ransacking the place demanding changes.

zebeto
zebeto

@Sandro Guedes@zebeto...i thought the same too ,,,,,,I though these quotes were gonna start coming out after embarresing loses to sucky teams ....not lose to OKC without Melo......

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...you could sense something aint right within the team , and its boiling over ...or will relatively soon .

zebeto
zebeto

@knickfan2 "Maybe the message hasn't come across or we aren't hearing the right thing.


Boom !!! Udrih just hit Woodson with a upercut !