Friday, 24 November, 2017

Westbrook, George, Anthony Shine; Thunder Rout Knicks 105-84

Carmelo Anthony Jeff Swinger USA TODAY Sports
Kristopher Love | 21 October, 2017, 08:43

Friday's highly anticipated "Moment of the Day" focused on getting "jammed at the hole" and Carmelo Anthony's advice for his old Knicks teammate, Kristaps Porzingis.

After scoring only four points in the first 12 minutes of the game, Anthony followed up with 11 points in the second frame. Anthony scored the first three points of the game, but afterwards missed his next five shot attempts.

On Thursday night, the Thunder played their first game of the 2017-18 season as they hosted #Carmelo Anthony's former team - the New York Knicks.

It was a great team victory for the home squad, considering they finished the game with 26 team assists while forcing NY into 25 turnovers.

Kristaps Porzingis, who was bothered by a hip injury during the week, recovered to scored a game-high 31 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead NY.

Ultimately, Porzingis is now in the position to take a significant leap in his career to not only make a huge progression in his individual game but also establish himself as the franchise cornerstone player in NY.

Paul George, who was acquired in an offseason trade with the Indiana Pacers, led the Thunder with 28 points.

Westbrook, the NBA MVP last season when he averaged a triple-double, had with 21 points, 16 assists and 10 rebounds.

"Yeah, that chapter's closed".

He also went on to comment on Porzingis' 31-point performance and said: "I was happy for him, just to see that he was ready to take on that role". He did not return.

Knicks: Kanter and F Doug McDermott, the other player sent to the Knicks in the Anthony deal, got a standing ovation during pregame warmups.

The Knicks will head back to NY for their home opener against the Detroit Pistons on Sat., Oct. 21 at 8:00 p.m. E.T.