Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Kevin Durant on MSG: Anybody home?
By Ian Begley
NEW YORK -- The Knicks and Thunder played at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday. But to Kevin Durant, it felt the game was held at the New York Public Library.
"It felt like no one was in here," Kevin Durant said after the Thunder crushed the Knicks on Christmas Day.
Kevin Durant helped silence the MSG crowd with 29 points.
Durant went on to say that Knicks fans "love their team so much. We respect passionate fans like these fans. We knew that it was going to be hard to play through."
The fans were relatively quiet early on. But they made their voices heard late. Garden faithful booed the Knicks vociferously in the second half and chants of "Fire Woodson" reigned down in the fourth quarter.
Chandler says Knicks were D-sgraceful: Both Mike Woodson and Tyson Chandler were critical of the Knicks' defense after another ugly loss at Madison Square Garden.
New York allowed Oklahoma City to shoot 70 percent from the field in the first quarter. The Thunder ended up shooting 54 percent from the field in their 29-point win.
Asked to assess the holes in the Knicks' defense after the game, Chandler said: "There’s a lot of holes. If I started going on them all I wouldn’t make it home and allow my kids to open their gifts."
Apologies to Shump: A referee acknowledged that he'd made a mistake when he whistled Iman Shumpert for a foul call on Russell Westbrook in the first quarter. Shumpert caught up to Westbrook and blocked his dunk attempt. Shumpert was whistled for a foul -- his second of the game -- and was sent to the bench. It was a critical call, because the Thunder outscored the Knicks by 10 with Shumpert off the floor at that point.
Afterward, Shumpert said the referee admitted that he'd blown the call.
"It happens. They're so used to him tearing down the rim that they thought I fouled him," Shumpert said ... Curiously, Andrea Bargnani played just 16 minutes. He finished with nine points on 4-for-8 shooting.