Kevin Durant scored 41 points and recorded 10 rebounds to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a victory over the New York Knicks, 112-100. The Thunder put together a very efficient performance, turning it over on only 10 possessions while totaling 28 assists. Oklahoma City (41-12) has now won eight of their last 10 games.
Durant went 12-22 from the field (4-7 on 3-point attempts) in a strong performance. Oklahoma City also got solid performances from Reggie Jackson with 19 points and 6 assists, and Serge Ibaka with 16 points and 9 rebounds. On 7-14 shooting, including 2-4 from behind the arc, Raymond Felton put up 16 points for New York in the loss. He also added 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Carmelo Anthony contributed 15 points and 7 rebounds and Tyson Chandler finished with 12 points and 7 rebounds.
As the numbers predicted, the high-octane offense of Oklahoma City (ranked fifth in the NBA in offensive efficiency) took advantage of the porous defense of New York (ranked 30th in defensive efficiency), putting up 1.20 points per possession. Along with their eFG% of 63.0%, the Thunder connected at a rate of 44.4% from 3-point range. On the season, they are 12-3 when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Knicks are 4-9 when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.
This drops New York (20-31) to 0-2 against Oklahoma City on the year.
Coming up, the Thunder battle the Portland Trail Blazers, who are 36-15 on the season. The Knicks match up with the Sacramento Kings, currently sitting at 17-33 this year. The Thunder came up empty in two of their last three games against Portland.