Thunder Avoid Letdown Against the Knicks

    The Thunder have been off their mark this season against bad teams. Oklahoma City has already lost to Chicago, Atlanta and a Lakers team without LeBron

    January 21, 2019

    The Thunder have been off their mark this season against bad teams.

    Oklahoma City has already lost to Chicago, Atlanta and a Lakers team without LeBron James, with the latter two losses coming last week.

    But Paul George and Russell Westbrook made sure Oklahoma City didn’t falter on Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a 127-109 victory over the Knicks. George tallied 31 points while Westbrook continued his all-around production with 17 points, nine assists and 10 rebounds.

    The Thunder showed exceptional balance in the game with six players reaching double figures. Jerami Grant continued to shine in his complementary role with 16 points, six rebounds and two blocks while Dennis Schroder added 17 points and four assists off the bench.

    Oklahoma City jumped out to a 34-16 lead after the first quarter, which allowed the team to coast for much of the game. The Knicks were able to put together a small rally late, but it didn’t matter. The Thunder shot 51.7 percent from behind the arc, getting a 24-point advantage on 3s in the game.

    Tim Hardaway Jr. led New York with 23 points. Promising rookie Kevin Knox struggled in the game, posting eight points on a 3-for-8 effort from the floor. Knox will look to break out of his January slump against the Rockets.

    Speaking of slumps…

    As for the Thunder, they have to be pleased knowing they were able to rest their starters late in the first half of a back-to-back, an important point given the nature of every game in the Western Conference this season.

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