Knicks coach David Fizdale changed his lineup at Oklahoma City on Wednesday, but New York lost 128-103 in its third consecutive lopsided loss even though the Thunder played without All-Star guard Russell Westbrook.
"We gave up 128 points for the second time (in three games)," center Enes Kanter told the New York Post. "We were No. 1 in transition defense and tonight was pretty bad."
Fitzdale inserted Emmanuel Mudiay into the starting lineup at point guard and rookie Kevin Knox made his first NBA start.
"With young teams that's just how it is," Fizdale told Newsday. "If everybody was a complete player right now, I think we'd be in a lot different situation record wise. Every game for us is (a lesson)."
The result was an even slower start for the Knicks than the Pelicans had against the Timberwolves. The Thunder had a 37-22 lead after the first quarter.
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