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.
Durant's lone head-to-head victory against Anthony came in a 151-147 double-overtime contest at KeyArena on April 6, 2008, which means Durant has yet to defeat Anthony while with the Thunder. Anthony did not play in OKC's 95-94 victory at New York on March 7 this season.
Against Durant, Anthony has averaged 30.2 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 steals while shooting 50.4 percent from the field, 40.0 percent from 3-point range and 84.8 percent from the free-throw line.
Meanwhile, Durant has averaged 26.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.3 steals while shooting 42.2 percent from the floor, 38.3 percent from 3-point range and 89.1 percent from the free-throw line.
Presumably, Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook has taken an early lead for Western Conference player of the month honors.
So far in April, Westbrook is averaging 29.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 8.0 assists while shooting 47.2 percent from the field and 84.2 percent from the free-throw line.
AGAINST THE NORM
Sunday's loss by OKC went against the norm in many aspects and lowered the Thunder's season records to the following: 33-6 at home; 11-4 on Sundays; 10-4 at home against the Eastern Conference; 25-2 when shooting 50 percent or better; 25-3 when five players score in double-digits; 38-4 when more assists than opponent; 15-6 when blocking 10 shots or more; 40-15 with more fast-break points; 38-9 with more points in the paint; 55-18 when opponent shoots less than 50 percent.
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.”
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.
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.”