Westbrook, Durant lead OKC past Melo-less Knicks

Russell Westbrook grabbed a triple-double and Kevin Durant finished with 29 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder made light weight of a Carmelo Anthony-less New York Knicks, 123-94 at Madison Square Garden on Christmas Day.

Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder in action

NEW YORK (Sporting Alert, Box Score) — Russell Westbrook grabbed a triple-double and Kevin Durant finished with 29 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder made light weight of a Carmelo Anthony-less New York Knicks, 123-94 at Madison Square Garden on Christmas Day.

Durant shot 10 of 16 from the floor, including 4 of 6 from three point range and finished with seven rebounds and six assists in the victory.

Westbrook had 14 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assist in a busy evening for the Thunder (23-5), while Serge Ibaka scored 24 points and the energetic Reggie Jackson added 18 off the bench.

With his performance, Westbrook became only the fifth player in NBA history to secure a triple-double on Christmas Day, joining Oscar Robertson, who did it four times, Billy Cunningham, John Havlicek and LeBron James.

“It was us just coming here and playing our game,” said Westbrook.

Amar’e Stoudemire led the way for the New York Knicks (9-19) with a season-high 22 points and he was supported by Tim Hardaway Jr. who had 21 and J.R. Smith, who ended with 20.

The Knicks were without the injured point guard Raymond Felton, who is out with a groin injury and leading scorer Anthony, who missed the game with an ankle problem.

Anthony, who is averaging 26.3 points per game, was missing his first game of the season.

“When he tells you he can’t go, you gotta listen and try to find it someplace else,” Knicks coach Mike Woodson on Anthony.

“He was really missed tonight because he’s a big part of what we do.”

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