Oklahoma City, OK, United States (4E Sports) – Kevin Durant fired 41 points and came one assist shy of a triple-double as the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the New York Knicks, 112-100, Sunday at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Durant made 12 of 22 shots on top of 10 rebounds and nine assists while Reggie Jackson added 19 points as the Thunder improved to 41-12 after winning three of their last four outings.
Serge Ibaka chipped in 16 points and nine boards, Thabo Sefolosha had 12 points while Derek Fisher added 10 off the bench for the Thunder. Kendrick Perkins was the only starter not in double-digit for the Thunder but he grabbed 11 boards.
Raymond Felton and Amar’e Stoudemire scored 16 points apiece for the Knicks, who dropped to 20-31 after losing four of their last five outings.
After scoring 31 in their win over Denver Nuggets, Carmelo Anthony was limited to just 15 points on 5-for-19 shooting with seven boards and five assists.
Tyson Chandler added 12 points and seven rebounds, Iman Shumpert had 12 while Jeremy Tyler had 10 off the bench for the Knicks. The Knicks got just seven points from reliable sixth man J.R. Smith, who went 3-for-10 from the floor.
Overall, the Thunder made 40 of 73 shots, including 12-for-27 from beyond the arc, to for 54.8 percent while the Knicks went 38-for-86 for 44 percent. Oklahoma City also outran the Knicks, scoring 15 fastbreak points, 11 more than New York.
The Knicks came within 61-60 early in the third period behind Anthony, Shumpert and Chandler but the Thunder unleashed a telling 10-0 run to take a commanding 11-point margin.
The Knicks cut the deficit to six early in the fourth but Durant scored five straight points to restore a double-digit lead and the Thunder were never threatened from there.