Know The Opponent: Monroe, Durant and Millsap

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Kevin Durant – Oklahoma City Thunder

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Two of the best scorers in the NBA, Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony are separated by less than a point in the race for the scoring crown. Durant has been historically efficient this season, as he seeks to become just the sixth player to join the "50/40/90" club in field goal, three-point and free throw percentage for a season. Only Steve Nash (4x), Larry Bird (2x), Dirk Nowitzki, Mark Price and Reggie Miller have ever done it.

The Knicks have the scoring punch to hang with the Thunder. OKC is currently second in the league in offensive efficiency (points per 100 possessions) at 110.4, with the Knicks coming in third at 108.1.

The Knicks have to keep the ball from getting in Durant’s hands, especially down the stretch. While Anthony has done most of his damage in the first quarter, Durant owns the fourth quarter. In the last five minutes of close games (within five points), Durant has scored 122 points in 111 qualified minutes, tops in the league. It will be crucial for the Knicks to force someone else to beat them on Thursday night.

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