Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: OKC too small for it own good

Turns out the Thunder might have gone too small for its own good in its 125-120 loss Sunday afternoon to the streaking New York Knicks, who have now won 12 straight.
By JOHN ROHDE Published: April 7, 2013

“This is probably one of the biggest wins we've had in a long time,” Anthony said. “The fact it's on the road against a great Thunder team. We've been playing well. For us to come out here and keep our composure … and win here. This is a tough place to win and we came out here and did it.”

New York sixth man J.R. Smith, who had 22 points, including two key baskets in a 32-second span in the final 1:30, recalled the crowd from his days playing with the relocated New Orleans Hornets.

“This is definitely the loudest place in the league,” Smith said. “They've got a great crowd here.”

GETTING BENCHED

The New York bench outscored the OKC bench 55-30, including 36-17 in the first half. Then again, the Knicks bench outscored Knicks starters 36-29 in the first half.

In addition to Smith's 22 points, Jason Kidd had 14 points (4 for 6 on 3-pointers) and rookie forward Chris Copeland had 13 points, all in the first half.

The New York bench also had more rebounds (18-9) and assists (9-7) and steals (2-0) than the OKC bench.

“Our bench was phenomenal today,” Anthony said. “Guys just stepped up.”

TIP-INS

OKC reserve forward Nick Collison had contact underneath on an Anthony putback and had to leave with a bloody nose with 4:31 left in the game. Collison, who had been bloodied several times in recent games, officially is day-to-day. … Collison was replaced by Serge Ibaka, who played well with 13 points (6 for 6 from the field), six rebounds and five blocked shots. He continues to extend his league lead in blocks and is on the verge of winning that title for the second straight season. … In addition to reserve guard Kevin Martin (15 points; 5 for 7 shooting; three rebounds), the Thunder got a big lift from reserve point guard Reggie Jackson, who had 13 points (6 for 8 from the field), four rebounds and four assists in 21 minutes. … Taking up the entire grease board in the Knicks' locker room was a big “50” with the words “WHOOP WHOOP”. New York is now 50-26 on the season.

QUOTABLE

Knicks coach Mike Woodson on his team's 12th straight victory: “This is a tough building to win in. They're a well-coached team. We just battled them right from the beginning to the end. We were solid. It was like an old school shoot-out with all the offense that was displayed tonight. For our team it was a great win.”



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