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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis drives to the basket in front of Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony during the second quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. (Mark D. Smith/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis drives to the basket in front of Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony during the second quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. (Mark D. Smith/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis scored 31 points, brought down 12 rebounds and recorded a block of former teammate Carmelo Anthony in Thursday's season-opening 105-84 loss at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

The 22-year-old forward recorded his fourth 30-point game in his third professional season, shooting 11-of-25 from the floor and 2-of-6 from 3-point range. 

"I always have the highest expectations for myself," Porzingis said, according to the New York Post's Fred Kerber. "I'm my own critic always in situations where I'm not playing well. There's nothing I will hear that will surprise me from the fans or whatever."

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Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony handles the ball against Houston Rockets forward Ryan Anderson during the first quarter at the BOK Center. (Mark D. Smith/USA TODAY Sports)
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony handles the ball against Houston Rockets forward Ryan Anderson during the first quarter at the BOK Center. (Mark D. Smith/USA TODAY Sports)

Rockets players expressed their content that former Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony finally got his trade request granted in the offseason even though it wasn't to Houston.

Anthony had previously expressed his desire to only waive his no-trade clause to the Rockets to join James Harden and Chris Paul, however the Knicks told other teams around the league that Houston didn't have assets that appealed to them.

Instead, Anthony added the Cleveland Cavaliers and Oklahoma City Thunder to his list of teams he would accept a trade to, and New York dealt him to Oklahoma City to partner in late September in exchange for Enes KanterDoug McDermott and a 2018 second-round pick.

"I sorta felt like he would be traded," Paul said, according to the New York Daily News' Frank Isola. "I actually hoped he would to give him peace of mind so he could be happy. And I think he's happy now."

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis drives against Philadelphia 76ers forward Dario Saric during the fourth quarter at Wells Fargo Center. (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis drives against Philadelphia 76ers forward Dario Saric during the fourth quarter at Wells Fargo Center. (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Knicks will open the 2017-18 season on the road against Russell WestbrookPaul George and the Oklahoma City Thunder on Oct. 19, the league announced.

The Knicks will also host the first of five Christmas Day games when they play the Philadelphia 76ers at noon at Madison Square Garden.

Also on Christmas, the Cavaliers face the Warriors at 3 p.m.; the Wizards face the Celtics at 5:30 p.m.; the Rockets take on the Thunder at 8 p.m.; and the Timberwolves face the Lakers at 10:30 p.m.

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 ( Adam Hunger)
( Adam Hunger)

The Knicks head to Oklahoma City to take on Russell Westbrook and the Thunder at 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday night. 

According to STATS:

  • The Thunder won 112-103 when these teams faced off in New York on November 28. Oklahoma City will look to sweep the season series with the Knicks for the first time since 2013-14.
  • The Thunder fell 120-98 at Washington Monday, their worst loss versus the Wizards since moving to Oklahoma City in 2008-09. The Thunder are 4-13 this season when failing to score 100 points.
  • New York snapped a four-game losing streak with a 94-90 home win over the Spurs on Sunday. The Knicks had allowed at least 111 points in all four losses (120.5 ppg).
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GEICO SportsNite: Hornacek 00:00:47
Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek discusses New York's 112-103 loss to the Thunder at home Monday night.

Russell Westbrook got his third straight triple-double and nearly did it by halftime, finishing with 27 points, 18 rebounds and 14 assists for his NBA-leading eighth of the season as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the New York Knicks 112-103 on Monday night.

Westbrook had 14 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists at the break and is now averaging a triple-double for the season, raising his averages to 30.9 points, 11.3 assists and 10.3 rebounds through more than a month of the season.

Enes Kanter added a season-high 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while Steven Adams had 14 points and 10 boards in the Thunder's third straight victory.

Derrick Rose scored a season-best 30 points, but the Knicks had their six-game home winning streak snapped. Kristaps Porzingis added 21 points and Carmelo Anthony had 18, but shot just 4 for 19. >> Read more

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New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) shoots a free throw during the third quarter against the Charlotte Hornets at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso)
New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) shoots a free throw during the third quarter against the Charlotte Hornets at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso)

Point guards Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook, chosen first and fourth, respectively, in the 2008 draft, will renew acquaintances on Monday when the New York Knicks host the Oklahoma City Thunder at Madison Square Garden.

Rose's Knicks (8-8) have won six straight at the Garden. Westbrook's Thunder (10-8) are 4-3 on the road.

Oklahoma City comes in after a 106-88 win over the Detroit Pistons on Saturday when Westbrook posted 17 points, 15 assists and 13 rebounds for his second consecutive triple-double and seventh this season. It was also his 44th career triple-double, which ties him with Cleveland's LeBron James. It took Westbrook 395 fewer games than James to achieve the milestone.

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Nov 18, 2016; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (12) knocks the ball into the face of Brooklyn Nets forward Trevor Booker (35) during the first quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 18, 2016; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (12) knocks the ball into the face of Brooklyn Nets forward Trevor Booker (35) during the first quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Russell Westbrook had 30 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds in his fourth triple-double of the season, and the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Brooklyn Nets 124-105 on Friday night.

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(Noah K. Murray)

The Nets play the Thunder in Oklahoma City on Friday night. According to STATS...

  • The Nets have won five of their last seven games versus the Thunder after Oklahoma City took the previous seven meetings.
  • Brooklyn has had at least 40 points in the paint in 10 of its first 11 games this season. Those 10 games are tied for the third most by any team. The Nets had a season-high 66 points in the paint against the Lakers on Tuesday.
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Free-agent forward Kevin Durant will reportedly meet with several teams, including the Knicks.



Updates from June 27

4:36 pm: Durant said "We'll see," when asked about the Knicks at a Team USA event on Monday.

3:05 pm: Carmelo says he is not pressuring Durant but "We're friends, we hang out" according to Adam Zagoria.

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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) handles the ball against Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) during the second half at Chesapeake Energy Arena. (Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) handles the ball against Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) during the second half at Chesapeake Energy Arena. (Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks (22-24), who averaged 112.7 points during a six-game winning streak at Madison Square Garden, have scored 86.0 per game in their last two overall.

New York hasn't lost two in a row at home since Nov. 27-29 and hasn't swept this season series since 2005-06 against the then-Seattle SuperSonics.

"How do you get to a point where you can break (past .500)?" coach Derek Fisher said. "It requires more sacrifice, more discipline, more commitment and more energy. We have to keep plugging until we find a way."

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GEICO SportsNite: Nets 00:01:23
The Brooklyn Nets defeated the Thunder on Sunday, 116-106, behind a season-high 31-points from Brook Lopez in a much-needed win.

(AP) -- Brook Lopez scored a season-high 31 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and the Brooklyn Nets snapped the Oklahoma City Thunder's seven-game winning streak with a 116-106 victory Sunday night.

Kevin Durant had 32 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, but Oklahoma City never led in the game that was delayed four hours by the blizzard that dumped more than 2 feet of snow on New York on Saturday.

Russell Westbrook finished with 27 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists as the Thunder lost for just the fifth time in 27 games.

Taking advantage of a Thunder team missing starting center Steven Adams, Lopez shot 11 for 19 from the field in bouncing back from one of his worst performances of the season. He had been limited to just eight points Friday in a loss to Utah. >> Read more...

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Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) dribbles the ball in front of Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) (Geoff Burke)
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) dribbles the ball in front of Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) (Geoff Burke)

Kevin Durant made an instant impact in his return from injury, and the Oklahoma City Thunder continued to dominate offensively behind their superstar duo.

Durant and Russell Westbrook will look to lead Oklahoma City to its third three-game winning streak of the season Wednesday night against the visiting Brooklyn Nets.

The Thunder (9-6) won 111-89 at Utah on Monday behind Durant's 27 points in his first game since straining his left hamstring in a win at Washington on Nov. 10. They had gone 3-3 without him, averaging 103.0 points on 43.7 percent shooting.

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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) reacts after being fouled on a made shot (Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports)
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) reacts after being fouled on a made shot (Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks are in Oklahoma City on Friday to take on the Thunder at 8 p.m. ET.

According to STATS...

  • Oklahoma City has won 11 of the last 15 games in this series, including seven of their last eight on their home floor.
  • The Knicks' win over Charlotte on Tuesday evened their season record at 6-6. In 2014-15, New York didn't pick up its sixth win until its 42nd game of the season.
  • The Thunder are pulling down an average of 13.4 offensive rebounds per game in 2015-16, and have had at least 10 in all but one game. The 13.4 offensive boards per game rank second in the NBA (Det, 14.0).
  • Kristaps Porzingis had a career-high 29 points and added 11 rebounds in Tuesday's win over the Hornets. Porzingis has five 10+ rebound performances in his first 12 games of his NBA career; that's already the most by any Knicks' rookie in an entire season since 2010-11 (Landry Fields, 15).
  • Enes Kanter had 24 points and 14 rebounds off the bench in Wednesday's win over the Pelicans. It was the third time this season that he has come off the bench to record a double-double; Oklahoma City is 3-0 in those contests.
  • Russell Westbrook has had back-to-back games with 40+ points and 8+ assists. The last player to have 40+ points and 8+ assists in three consecutive contests was Allen Iverson, April 7-11, 1997.
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