By Charlie Widdoes (Twitter)
THUNDER 112, KNICKS 110 | CHESAPEAKE ENERGY ARENA
How it Happened:
The Knicks competed against the team with the NBA's best point differential this season, but ultimately fell to the Thunder in Oklahoma City this afternoon. Behind Kevin Durant's near triple-double (41 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists), OKC swept the season series after winning the first matchup on Christmas Day at the Garden.
It was billed as a matchup between the league's top two scorers, but as the Thunder focused their defensive attention on Carmelo Anthony, New York started out strong thanks to contributions from its other starters. Iman Shumpert came out hot, knocking down four 3-pointers in the game, and Raymond Felton stayed involved in the action from start to finish, with 16 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.
The Knicks also got solid production from their big men -- Tyson Chandler, Amar'e Stoudemire and Jeremy Tyler combined for 36 points and 16 rebounds -- but it wasn't enough as the Thunder succeeded in making life difficult for Anthony (15 points on 19 shots) all afternoon.
Knick of the Night:
Pablo Prigioni. That's right, Prigioni earns this honor despite tallying just five points and four assists in 22 minutes. His +1 net rating for the game does not lie; when he was out there, his teammates got high quality looks and Thunder guards had a difficult time getting where they wanted due to his pressure defense.
The Knicks have a few days to rest for the first time in weeks, with the next test coming Wednesday at home against the Sacramento Kings.