Halftime Report: Knicks 65, Thunder 56


The Knicks are in Oklahoma City with their 11-game winning streak on the line. The game was billed as a battle between two of the game's top scorers, Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony.

But the first half was a showcase for ... Chris Copeland?

Yes, the Knicks reserve forward went off in the first 24 minutes. He posted 13 points, three rebounds, three assists and a block in 13 minutes and filled in at the center position for the second unit.

Even more impressive? Copeland did some of his damage against OKC forward Nick Collison, a solid defender. It's unclear how much Copeland will be available in the second half, though, because he picked up his third foul with three seconds left in the second quarter.

Anthony, who entered play 0.05 points per game behind Durant for the scoring title, had 15 points on 7-for-14 shooting. Durant scored 12 on 3-for-8 shooting.

NOT MUCH D: If you like watching the Knicks play defense, the first half wasn't for you. New York allowed Oklahoma City to shoot 52.6 percent in the half, including 71.4 percent (5-for-7) on 3s. The Knicks shot 51 percent and hit 10-of-19 (52.6 percent) from beyond the arc.

BIG-TIME BENCH PLAY: New York got 35 of its 65 points from the bench. Copeland led the way. Jason Kidd (9), J.R. Smith (8) and Steve Novak (6) filled out the score sheet. The Knicks also have just two turnovers, compared to seven from OKC.