NEW YORK (AP) Carmelo Anthony got the cheers but the New York Knicks got the win, shutting out their former All-Star in the second half and beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 111-96 on Saturday night for their fourth straight victory.
Michael Beasley tied his season high with 30 points in place of injured Kristaps Porzingis, and Doug McDermott, one of the players acquired for Anthony, added 11 of his 13 after halftime to help the Knicks break open the game.
Anthony scored 12 points in the first half but was 0 for 5 after, perhaps low on energy after the Thunder's three-overtime victory at Philadelphia a night earlier.
He made a 3-pointer for the Thunder's first basket of the game after a warm welcome back to the arena where he spent 6 1/2 years, finishing 5 of 18 from the field.
Russell Westbrook had 25 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for the Thunder, who were trying to sweep a three-game trip that began with Paul George's winning return to Indiana on Wednesday.
But they couldn't deliver a victory for Anthony back at Madison Square Garden, even with the Knicks playing without leading scorer Porzingis because of a knee injury.
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No Kristaps Porzingis, no problem. Carmelo Anthony's return to MSG was spoiled by a Knicks team playing without their superstar, and they dominated. It was the guy replacing Porzingis that carried the Knicks to victory, Michael Beasley. He was automatic from the field all night, finishing with 30 points for the second time this season. The Thunder looked like a team on the second night of a back-to-back after playing a long triple OT thriller against the Sixers last night. The Knicks took advantage, pulling away from this game late, and moving the ball. That is something the Thunder struggle to do with three guys who have been accustomed to isolating their whole career.
Melo received a video tribute and a nice ovation from the crowd when the starting lineups were introduced. From there, it was a lot of boos and a lot of missed shots for the former Knicks start. Melo was awful, scoring just 12 points with 0 points in the second half on 5 of 18 shooting for the night. Russell Westbrook had 25, but the Thunder couldn't get much production from anyone else as they fell below .500 at 14-15. The Knicks pick up their fourth straight win and go to 16-13, which is the exact record they had last season after 29 games.
This was an impressive win without Porzingis. There was a ton of ball movement, and everyone was involved. Even Ron Baker had 11, nailing three three-pointers and he played well once again defensively. The Knicks were fun to watch tonight and it seems like they have a new hero every game. If they can continue to play well with Tim Hardaway Jr. sidelined, they will be in good shape heading into 2018. It's important Monday for them to beat a struggling Hornets team on the road, and show us they can win outside the state of New York.
What's next: The Knicks will travel to Charlotte on Monday to face off against the Hornets at 7:00 p.m. ET.