Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Halftime Report: Thunder 60, Knicks 46
By Ian Begley
NEW YORK -- Here are a few observations from halftime of the Knicks-Thunder game:
No Melo, big problems: The first half of Knicks-Thunder went about as well as you'd expect a game to go if Carmelo Anthony wasn't available.
The Knicks relied on superior ball movement to hang with the Thunder in the first quarter but fell apart in the second, shooting 3-for-16 over a five minute stretch and failing to get stops on the other end.
They trail the Thunder, 60-46.
Kevin Durant, as expected, has dominated. He has a game-high 20 points on 7-for-9 shooting. He also has four rebounds and three assists.
Foul trouble for Shump: Mike Woodson hoped to use Iman Shumpert to defend Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook. But Shumpert picked up two fouls in the first five minutes. Before Shumpert left, the Knicks were down 1. They were outscored by 11 when he was on the bench. The Thunder shot 70 percent in the first quarter. One bright spot for the Knicks? Rookie Tim Hardaway Jr. has ten points off the bench.
Bad start for Beno:Beno Udrih clearly isn't a fan of the Knicks' orange Christmas jerseys. The Knicks point guard is 0-for-4 in the first half and has yet to hit the rim on a shot. He has hit the backboard twice, shot and air balled and had his shot blocked by Westbrook.