What was expected to be a much anticipated matchup between two of the league’s top teams and two of its top scorers became a blowout Christmas Day in Madison Square Garden.
The Oklahoma City Thunder quickly dismantled the New York Knicks today with a 123-94 victory. The Thunder bounced back with the win after having their nine-game winning streak ended at home in their last game vs. the Toronto Raptors on Sunday.
Russell Westbrook became the first NBA player since 2010 to record a triple-double on Christmas Day. In the first half, Westbrook had four points, eight rebounds and nine assists. He would only need a total of 29 minutes to finish with 15 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists.
The Thunder would not need their starters for the final quarter as they led 87-67 after three.
Kevin Durant had 20 of his 29 points in the first half. He also added seven rebounds and six assists in the game.
The Thunder shot 70 percent in the first quarter and led 35-29 after that period. Serge Ibaka was integral in the good start. He would finish with 24 points on 10-of-14 shooting in 27 minutes.
The Knicks were without Carmelo Anthony for the game and really had no chance from the tip. They scored with the Thunder early on but their lack of depth and lack of defensive intensity allowed the Thunder to easily pull away.
The Thunder improve to 22-5 on the season with the win. They will play next Friday on the road vs. the Charlotte Bobcats.