The New York Knicks proved to be no match for the Oklahoma City Thunder without All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony on the court. The Thunder thoroughly outplayed the Knicks, winning every quarter by at least six points. The 123-94 final score was the worst home loss on Christmas Day by any team in NBA history.
Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka led the way for the Thunder, scoring 29 and 24 respectively. Russell Westbrook added 14 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists for his first triple-double of the season. It was the seventh triple-double of his career.
The Knicks allowed 35 points in the first quarter and were down 60-46 at the end of the first half. They cut the lead down to 10 early in the third quarter, but that was as close as they would get.
Carmelo Anthony missed the game because of a sprained left ankle he suffered in a victory on Monday over the Orlando Magic. Starting point guard Raymond Felton also missed the game for the Knicks.
One bright spot for the Knicks was a season-high 22 points on 10-16 shooting for Amare Stoudemire. J.R. Smith did score 20 points for the Knicks, but he needed 22 shots to get them.