After Knicks point guard Beno Udrih fired a wide-open 3-pointer off the side of the backboard, he gave a disgusted look toward the sleeves on his jersey.
It was one of those “must have been the wind” type excuse faces, trying to play it off like the NBA's special Christmas threads were to blame for the brutal miss.
And maybe they did bother Udrih, who went 1-of-6 shooting and complained about the jerseys postgame.
“If you think about them,” the Thunder's Kevin Durant said. “I'm sure they'll mess with your mind a little bit.”
But they didn't seem to be bothering the Thunder shooters, who went a combined 13 of 23 from 3-point range, a blistering long-range display that's been rare for OKC this season.
“Our whole team practices in T-shirts every day,” Durant said. “So I guess that didn't affect us.”
Maybe that's the secret.
PAST VS. PRESENT
With the game long decided and mop-up time in full effect, an intriguing matchup materialized down the stretch.
Steven Adams against Cole Aldrich: The Thunder's rookie center of the present against the Thunder's rookie center of the past.
Aldrich was once believed to be what Adams is currently, a rising young interior player destined to become OKC's starting center.
But Aldrich's career has fizzled a bit. He's now on the end of the bench for the Knicks, his fourth franchise in the past 14 months.
And fifteen seconds after entering the game, Aldrich fouled Adams. Fitting.
The courtside seats were filled with some notable actors, including Academy Award winner and a pair of stars from the Entrourage series, Jerry Ferrara and Adrian Grenier.
But there was no Spike Lee to be found. The way this one went, that was probably a good thing.
STAT OF THE GAME
Russell Westbrook (14 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists) became the fifth player to record a triple-double on Christmas Day. The others are Oscar Robertson (four times), John Havlicek, Billy Cunningham and LeBron James.
The Thunder travel to Charlotte for a Friday game with the surprising Bobcats, who enter at 14-15, winners of four of their past five. OKC will be favored, but this is the best Bobcats team in years.