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Oklahoma City Thunder: Knicks beat OKC to win 12th straight

Carmelo Anthony had 36 points and 12 rebounds, J.R. Smith hit a pair of shot-clock beaters in the final 2 minutes and the New York Knicks beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 125-120 on Sunday for their 12th straight win.
By JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer Published: April 7, 2013

One month earlier, in this season's previous meeting between the Knicks and Thunder, Smith scored 36 points but missed a turnaround 17-footer with 1.8 seconds left that allowed the Thunder to escape from New York with a 95-94 victory on March 7.

“They're a great team,” Smith said of OKC. “I wish we could have had the one at the Garden when we played them and 'Melo didn't play that game (because of a sore knee), so we got 'em back. We made big shots. It feels good to win. It's our first time to win in this building.”

Anthony also had 12 rebounds, which included nine offensive boards that he cashed in for 11 points. Durant also had seven assists and four blocked shots.

Point guard Russell Westbrook led the Thunder with a game-high 37 points, plus 11 rebounds, eight assists and just one turnover. Sixth man Kevin Martin had 15 points and was 3 for 3 from 3-point range. Reserve point guard Reggie Jackson added 13 points, as did Serge Ibaka, who was 6 for 6 from the field with six rebounds and five blocked shots. However, OKC is now 25-3 when having five players score in double figures. Felton had 16 points and eight assists for New York, while center Tyson Chandler scored 15. Veteran reserve guard Jason Kidd had 14 points that included four 3-pointers, and rookie reserve forward Chris Copeland added 13 points off the bench, all in the first half.

The Thunder sizzled at 57.7 percent from the field, lost for just the second time this season when shooting 50-plus percent and now stands 25-2 when that occurs.

A brutal recent schedule might have caught up to the Thunder, which was playing its third straight game against a division leader in a span of 63½ hours.

OKC beat San Antonio 100-88 at The Peake on Thursday night and followed that up with a 97-75 victory at Indiana on Friday night in what coach Scott Brooks called his team's most impressive road victory of the season.

The Thunder's next game is at Utah on Tuesday night, followed by back-to-back games at Golden State and at Portland on Thursday and Friday to close out its final road game of the regular season.


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