Russell Westbrook Helps Oklahoma City Thunder Cruise Past New York Knicks

By Dylan Hughes
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Just when you thought it couldn’t get worse in New York, Christmas Day came. After the Brooklyn Nets lost at home to the Chicago Bulls in a completely lopsided game, the Oklahoma City Thunder came into Madison Square Garden and steam-rolled the New York Knicks.

It’s all smiles on Christmas Day for the Thunder as they demolish the Knicks 123-94. Kevin Durant led all scorers with 29, but Russell Westbrook recorded a triple-double in the blowout. Westbrook dropped 14 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists in the trip-dub effort. Although Oak City’s offense did shine, it didn’t help the Knicks that they shot 6-23 (26 percent) from downtown. New York seemed to live off the three last season, and it worked as they won 54 games, but they showed today that they need other parts of their game to lean on in case the three’s just aren’t falling.

You could blame the absence of Carmelo Anthony for the loss, but even with him, they are a nine-win team that has dropped 10 games at home this season (had 10 home losses all last season). Of course, after today’s contest, it’s now 11.

The main issues for New York right now is getting someone to help Tyson Chandler on defense. Even if you have one of the better defenders in the league on your team like Chandler, he can’t do it alone, and if giving up 123 points on your home floor isn’t enough to realize that, I don’t know what is.

They have a lot of issues to deal with right now, and the issue in charge of all the other issues in Mike Woodson at head coach may be the first change that needs to happen in this disappointing organization.

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