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The Knicks (9-19), Thunder (23-5) on Christmas Day. 123-94.

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With the loss, New York moved to 22-27 all-time on Christmas Day games and 21-20 at MSG.

The Knicks are now 0-9 against Western Conference foes.

Carmelo Anthony, who was a game-time decision leading up to this game, did not play. Raymond Felton was sidelined, too.

Five Oklahoma City players scored in double-figures. In contrast, just three Knicks did.


Even with their leading scorer and top rebounder, the Knicks faced an uphill climb against the Western Conference elite Without Carmelo Anthony, the task was even greater.

The Knicks (9-19) fell to the Thunder (23-5) on Christmas Day , 123-94, and in the process dropped their ninth consecutive game against a Western Conference foe.


The Knicks went toe-to-toe with the Thunder in the opening frame, that was until the visiting team went on a 9-2 run to take a six-point lead. It was in the second quarter, though, when Oklahoma City was able to extend its lead, taking a 14-point advantage into halftime as the Knicks went 3-of-13 shooting from the field.

It was more of the same in the third quarter, as the Thunder's lead ballooned to 20 as Kevin Durant and Co. proved to be too much for the Knicks offense to keep pace with. By the fourth quarter, boos -- and even a "Fire Dolan" chant -- roared down from the Madison Square Garden crowd.

The only thing uglier than the final score was the uniforms on display from both squads.

Anthony, who was considered a game-time decision after getting injured in Monday's win over the Magic, did not play due to an ankle injury. Anthony is second all-time only to Tracy McGrady in terms of scoring  average in Christmas Day games. Also out for New York was Raymond Felton, who aggravated his groin injury Monday as well.

Amare` Stoudemire stepped up on the offensive end in Anthony's  absence, scoring a team-high 22 points after scoring all of 25 points in the past five contests, and for and for the first time this season, a player not named Carmelo Anthony led the team in scoring.

J.R. Smith dropped 20 in the start, and off the bench Tim Hardaway Jr. added 21 points, setting a new career mark.

With 1:21 remaining in the rout, Chris Smith, the brother of J.R. Smith, made his professional debut. The former Louisville standout did not attempt a shot.

The Thunder were led by none other than Durant, who was one of five Oklahoma City players to score in double-figures. Durant had a game-high 29 points and Serge Ibaka followed close by with 24. Russell Westbrook notched a triple-double, scoring 14, grabbing 12 boards and dishing out 10 assists. Off the bench, Reggie Jackson and Jeremy Lamb added 18 and 13 points, respectively.

Overall, the Thunder beat the Knicks not on rebounds or through turnovers forced but shooting. The Thunder shot 54 percent from the field and from 3-point range, while the Knicks struggled mightily, earning a 42 percent from the field and a miserable 26 percent from downtown.


The Knicks host the Toronto Raptors Friday at the Garden at 7:30 p.m.

Tags: Knicks , Sam Spiegelman
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