The Knickerbockers brought a whole lot of good shooters to the Ford Center, and were duly shot down by the Oklahoma City defense; the Thunder led by 10 after the first quarter, by 16 at the half, and ultimately won it by 18, 106-88.
“Shot down” defined: (1) Chris Duhon got only three points. (2) Danilo Gallinari didn’t score at all, though he did reel in 11 rebounds. (3) The Knicks as a whole shot only 38.2 percent, (4) and 21.4 percent — 6 of 28 — from the three-point line. New York was competitive on the boards, recording 46 rebounds (the Thunder had 47), but the Thunder did a better job of keeping a lid on the basket, Nate Robinson’s 19 points off the bench notwithstanding. Some of the Knicks, however, blame supernatural phenomena.
The tenth man in Scott Brooks’ nine-man rotation, Byron Mullens, played the last six minutes of the game; he got four points. In fact, everyone got at least four points; Serge Ibaka, who logged 24 minutes, made it to 10, Russell Westbrook scored 17 without turning the ball over once, and Kevin Durant improved his per-game average a couple of slivers by posting another 30-point game. OKC shot an adequate 46.6 percent.
Three and one on this homestand, with one game left: the Spurs. The Thunder leads that series 1-0, having won already in San Antonio.