Russell Westbrook scored 32 points in his first game back from a broken right hand, and the Thunder rolled past the Knicks 105-78 on Friday night.
Even with Serge Ibaka on the floor, the Thunder would be hard-pressed to beat a well-oiled machine like San Antonio.
So many people believe that the NBA season begins and LeBron James is crowned the Most Valuable Player before he’s even scored a basket. Well, this season, things are vastly different.
NBA scoring leader Carmelo Anthony led the second team, joined by guards Russell Westbrook and Tony Parker, center Marc Gasol and forward Blake Griffin.
Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook will have surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee and be out indefinitely.
Carmelo Anthony led the way with 36 points and the Knicks won their twelfth consecutive game by defeating the Thunder in Oklahoma City.
The Kevin Durant-Carmelo Anthony duel was postponed, though J.R. Smith filled in nicely – for three quarters.
P.J. Carlesimo’s first big motivational message as the interim coach of the Brooklyn Nets earned him an elusive win in Oklahoma City, and perhaps the kind of jolt his team needs to get out of a monthlong funk.
“I’m just overthinking,” Williams said. “I’ve never been a player that can go out there and play and think … I just react. Now, it’s like I come off [a screen] and I’m thinking, ‘Should I shoot this? Should I not?’”
The return of Stoudemire shouldn’t really be a big deal. It’s very clear that Anthony, the main man no matter who is on the Knicks, has to get the overwhelming majority of his minutes at the four.
While the Nets have become one of the NBA’s darlings during their month-long housewarming party in their new Brooklyn abode, I could sense that there was still another keg to be tapped — courtesy Deron Williams.
Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder looked spectacular most of the night even when the ball didn’t go in. The blowout didn’t last, but their winning streak did.
The Knicks’ hot start on the court is paying dividends for the franchise’s merchandise sector. The league released its latest sales-rankings list on Wednesday, with the Knicks leading the team-sales category for the first time since December 2004.
The U.S. team had scored 100 points by the middle of the third quarter. It was that kind of night for the Americans.
There is no need to feel insulted. Kobe Bryant did not demean the memory of the Dream Team.