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Oklahoma City Thunder: 'Melo continues dominance over Kevin Durant

With Sunday's 125-120 victory over the Thunder, New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony is now 11-1 all-time against Kevin Durant in NBA games where both have played.
By John Rohde Published: April 8, 2013

/articleid/3781168/1/pictures/2005341">Photo - Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant (35) blocks the shot of New YorK's Carmelo Anthony (7) during NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the New York Knicks at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Sunday, April 7, 2010, in Oklahoma City. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant (35) blocks the shot of New YorK's Carmelo Anthony (7) during NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the New York Knicks at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Sunday, April 7, 2010, in Oklahoma City. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

STREAKY DOZEN

The Knicks' 12-game winning streak ties the Thunder's 12-game run as the league's fourth-longest winning streak this season behind Miami (27), the Los Angeles Clippers (17) and Denver (15).

It is the Knicks' longest winning streak since winning 15 straight in 1994. The franchise record is 18 straight in 1969.

Asked if Sunday's victory over OKC authenticated how good this year's New York team is, Anthony shrugged and said: “I leave that up to everybody else to talk about. We were always convinced we're one of the top teams.”

TIP-INS

Sunday's victory was the Knicks' 50th this season, their first 50-win season since 1999-2000, when they lost in the Eastern Conference Finals to the Indiana Pacers. … Making New York's victory even more impressive was the fact it was without Amar'e Stoudemire (knee), Kenyon Martin (knee), Rasheed Wallace (foot), Marcus Camby (foot) and Kurt Thomas (foot). … After shooting 6 for 6 from the field Sunday, Thunder forward Serge Ibaka has risen to third in the league in field-goal percentage at .573. He also has a comfortable margin over Milwaukee's Larry Sanders (3.07-2.90) as the blocked shots leader. … Durant still leads the league in free-throw percentage at .906. Teammate Kevin Martin is fifth at .889.

QUOTABLE

Anthony on starting Sunday's game shooting 2 for 7 from the field: “It was a 12 o'clock game. I had to wake up. This was an early game, man.”


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