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Thunder put on show under bright lights, rout Knicks at Madison Square Garden

Dec 25, 2013, 5:56 PM EDT

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This was as bad as Knicks fans have feared.

Before the tip the Knicks learned that leading scorer and guy they can’t do without Carmelo Anthony was in fact going to be out due to the sprained ankle suffered Monday.

Then once the ball went up for that tip the Oklahoma City Thunder looked every bit the contender — they shot 70 percent in the first quarter — and this was a blowout early.

And I mean blowout — the 123-94 Thunder win (that’s 29 points for those of you scoring at home) was the worst home loss by a team in NBA Christmas Day history.

Which makes Mike Woodson’s job security that much more tenuous. He has valid excuse that ‘Melo (and Metta World Peace) was out for this game, but the fact is his team was demoralized and listless. Where in the first game Christmas Day you saw a Bulls team ravaged by injuries (no Derrick Rose, no Luol Deng) fight for a win, the Knicks rolled over.

It was that way from the aforementioned opening tip. You can say it was the Thunder’s shooting, blame the Knicks defense (it was a little of both), the fact remains the Thunder couldn’t seem to miss in the first quarter — they shot 70 percent over the first 12 minutes. Kevin Durant was 5-of-5 for 13 points (he finished with 29 points on 16 shots), Serge Ibaka was 3-3 (he finished with 24 points on 14 shots), Kendrick Perkins had 7 points and was 2-of-2. Remove Russell Westbook’s start (1-of-6 in the quarter) and the Thunder were 13-of-14 shooting.

Westbrook’s shot was off all night, he finished 5-of-15, but he found ways to impact the game and finished with a triple double — 14 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists.

That’s more than you can say for J.R. Smith. With ‘Melo out Smith got the keys to the offense and had 20 points on 8-of-22 shooting and was a -32 on the game.

The Thunder finished the game with an offensive rating of 126.2 points per 100 possessions.

I could go on and on about how this was a blowout, but you get the idea. The Thunder have a roster where eight of their players are 25 years old or younger, and they complement one another’s skill set. The Knicks… there’s a lot of work to do there.

They have a home-and-home with the Atlantic Division leading Toronto Raptors this weekend, it’s a great chance to turn things around. I just wouldn’t bet on it.

  1. phillysports1 - Dec 25, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    What’s the excuse now ? Melo being out OR orange unis ? Haha

    • cantonbound13 - Dec 25, 2013 at 6:30 PM

      How are the Sixers doing? Maybe the Eagles will finally win a SuperBowl?
      Shouldn’t you be out booing Santa Clause with the other Philly low life’s.

      • 950003cups - Dec 25, 2013 at 7:00 PM

        That’s funny!! LOL

      • casualcommenter - Dec 26, 2013 at 2:22 AM

        The Sixers are a rebuilding team with a roster built to intentionally tank this year while maximizing cap flexibility going forward, and they have 8 wins this season.

        The Knicks are a “win-now” team built to “contend” with NO cap space to improve in 2014 (unless they let Melo leave), and they have 9 wins this season.

        Ask any intelligent basketball fan which team is in better shape going forward, and they’ll tell you the 76’ers.

      • jimeejohnson - Dec 26, 2013 at 8:47 AM

        Hey pea brain: your teams sucks just like you!

      • cantonbound13 - Dec 26, 2013 at 10:59 AM

        Whatever, trailer trash. Go watch your nascar & stfu!

  2. phillysports1 - Dec 25, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    Sixers are in “tanking mode” just like NY :)

  3. fanofevilempire - Dec 25, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    what a ridiculous foul call on Shumperts block, the ref who called
    the foul was at mid court and the ref under the basket didn’t see a thing
    but a block.

    refs suck!

    • jimeejohnson - Dec 26, 2013 at 8:48 AM

      Just like the Knicks.

  4. misterdreamer119 - Dec 25, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    that Ninja Turtle is friggin awesome.

  5. drewzducks - Dec 26, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    Would expect nothing less from the most embarrassing franchise in the history of the league. Really, not a single championship in 40 years for the basketball Mecca ?

  6. phillysports1 - Dec 26, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    Boo 👎

  7. phillysports1 - Dec 26, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Hahahahah why you so angry Knicks fan ? Your team sucks . Lol

  8. 950003cups - Dec 26, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    These Knicks suck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I’m done watching them!
    They have no heart. In fact, the only time they seem to move their loser body’s is when they run to cash the checks that they haven’t earned.

    Has nothning to do with Woodson. It’s Carmelo Anthony. Dolan (another loser) will do anything Melo asks him to. He fired D’Antoni because of Melo was upset that he made him work. Now Dolan won’t fire Woodson strictly because he allows Carmelo to do whatever he wants.

    If I’m Woodson, I’d let Melo do what he wants. This way I keep my job!

    The whole team is complacent with LOSING!

    Chandler might be the only one who cares

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