The Thunder took on the Knicks on Friday night for the second of their three game road trip. Oklahoma City had a tough battle in Detroit a few nights prior, but this one was over before it even started.
OKC did a great job of coming out prepared and taking care of business. This team has been known to play to the level of their opponent, but Friday night they put on an exceptional performance in the worlds most famous arena.
The Thunder Shot a higher percentage than the Knicks at 49%. They also shot 38.7% from beyond the arc compared to only 16.7% for New York. The percentages would’ve been a lot higher for OKC, but there were a decent amount of misses from deep in garbage time at the end.
Defensively Oklahoma City controlled the tempo of the game. The most they allowed New York to score in any quarter was 30, but OKC managed to put up 34 in that period. The Knicks shot 45% overall, but only made 4-24 from three. The Thunder did a great job at not allowing any open space for the Knicks’ shooters to get comfortable.
Along with controlling the pace, the Thunder won the turnover margin by only giving the ball up 4 times. The Knicks on the other hand had 12 turnovers on the night.
The Knicks are still rebuilding, and the Thunder was the far better team in this one. Credit OKC for coming out and sticking to their game despite the opponent. They showed great intensity for four quarters, and they scored the ball at an efficient rate to cruise to a 126-103 victory.
Thunder Player Of The Game
The Thunder had six different guys in double-digit scoring, but no one had more points than Danilo Gallinari. He finished the night with 22 points on 7-13 shooting. Gallo has been a huge contributor to this offense when he’s healthy and on the court. Hopefully he can continue to play at this level heading into the post-season.
Sunday In Boston
Oklahoma City will be back in action on Sunday evening as they take on the Celtics at 5:00 PM CST. The game will be televised on FSOK, and broadcast on the radio at WWLS 98.1 FM.
Boston got the best of OKC in their matchup last month at the Peake’. The Celtics controlled the paint which created too many opportunities for their offense. The Thunder will look to bounce back and even the season series to keep this short win streak alive.
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