The Oklahoma City Thunder are historically bad on Christmas Day games, but memories of Christmas past were erased when they stomped the New York Knicks, 123-94, on Dec. 25. The star of this game was Russell Westbrook, who finished with a triple-double.
Westbrook scored 14 points, dished out 10 assists and pulled down 13 rebounds, the seventh triple-double of his career and the first of the season for the point guard. Kevin Durant led the team in scoring, with 29 points, while Serge Ibaka scored 24 points as well.
It was a performance so dominating that the sell out crowd in New York City was extremely quiet. According to Durant after the game, it sounded like there was no one in the arena at times.
Carmelo Anthony and Raymond Felton missed the game for the Knicks, and the remaining stars were not enough to stop the Thunder onslaught. Amar'e Stoudemire scored 22 points while Tim Hardaway Jr. added 21 and J.R. Smith scored 20. With three scorers breaking 20 points, it was a sign of how bad the Knicks were playing that the rest of the team only chipped in with 31 total points.
After the Thunder lost a surprising upset to the Toronto Raptors at home, breaking their winning streak and suffering their first home loss, questions started to surface but the Thunder erased all doubts with this performance. Oklahoma City shot 53.6 percent from the floor compared to the Knicks' 42.2 percent.
The Oklahoma City Thunder next play the Charlotte Bobcats on Dec. 27.