01/21 15:46 CST George, Westbrook lead Thunder over Knicks 127-109
George, Westbrook lead Thunder over Knicks 127-109
By JEFFREY BERNSTEIN
NEW YORK (AP) --- Paul George, Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder
put this game away in a hurry.
The Thunder never trailed, bolting to a big lead and romping past the New York
Knicks 127-109 on Monday.
George scored 31 points and Westbrook just missed a triple-double with 17
points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. George and Westbrook both sat out the
"We went out with a 20-point lead and our second unit came in and did the same
thing," George said. "At that point, game is over."
The Knicks have lost six in a row and 14 of 15, including nine straight at
Madison Square Garden.
Dennis Schroder added 17 points for the Thunder while both Jerami Grant and
Abdel Nader each had 16.
Tim Hardaway Jr. led the Knicks with 23 points. Allonzo Trier had 16 and
Emmanuel Mudiay scored 14.
George opened the scoring with a three-point play and the Thunder never trailed
in the game. They led 34-12 late in the first quarter.
"It's the one-quarter woes," Hardaway said. "We have to come out more
aggressive. You just have to keep looking ahead. You can't take any of these
seconds, minutes or hours back."
New York got within 15 before Westbrook's three-point play gave Oklahoma City a
61-37 lead with 2:21 left in the second quarter.
Oklahoma City shot 61.9 percent (13 of 21) on 3-pointers in the first half and
51.7 percent (15 of 29) overall.
"We did a good job," Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. "One of the things that
helped is we shot really well from beyond the 3-point line in the first half,
and really the whole game."
The Knicks got no closer than 14 the rest of the way.
Steve Adams added 10 points and seven rebounds for the Thunder, who have won
two straight after losing five of their previous six games.
Enes Kanter had 11 points and Noah Vonleh 10 for the Knicks.
Thunder: Since moving from Seattle to Oklahoma City prior to the 2008-09
season, the Thunder have posted a 15-6 record against the Knicks, including
wins in six of the last seven meetings.
Knicks: Vonleh is the only Knick to play in all 45 games this season. He has
started 38 times, second most on the team behind Hardaway (41) . Kanter
returned to action after missing three games.
KING FOR A DAY
The Knicks have usually excelled on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. New
York has gone 21-12 overall since the national holiday was first observed in
1986. The Knicks lost to the 76ers on January 20, 1986, but won their next
their next nine games on the holiday.
"It's a blessing to be able to play on Martin Luther King Day," Westbrook said.
"The things he's done for guys like myself and guys in this locker room to be
able to go out and play, to walk around freely and do things in the world is
Oklahoma City has four players averaging at least 15 points per game (George,
Westbrook, Adams, Schroder). Only five other NBA teams (Bucks, Clippers,
Pelicans, Rockets, 76ers) have as many. In contrast, the Knicks only have one
OUT AT HOME
The Knicks haven't won at home since a 136-134 overtime victory against the
Bucks on Dec. 1. New York is now 4-14 at MSG.
Thunder: Oklahoma City hosts Portland on Tuesday.
Knicks: New York hosts Houston on Wednesday.