Before the start of the game featuring the Oklahoma City Thunder and New York Knicks, Reggie Jackson said that playing on Christmas Day would be magical. There may have been no unicorns or leprechauns around, but the Thunder had a blast on the court at the Knicks’ expense. En route to handing out the biggest Christmas day loss in NBA history, OKC played like they knew the entire world was watching.
The Knicks, on the other hand, played like they didn’t even know they were awake yet. Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka did not see any action in the fourth quarter. By that point Durant had 29 points, Ibaka had 24 and Westbrook had a triple-double — finishing the game with 14 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. The final score was 123-94, obviously in the Thunder’s favor.
Carmelo Anthony did sit this one out, but that’s no excuse for his team’s poor play. It would have been closer if he had suited up, but I don’t think he would have gotten the support he needed — especially on the defensive end. The Thunder ended up shooting more than 53 percent from the field as well as from beyond the arc. The bench stepped up as expected. Reggie Jackson had 18 points along with a top-ten worthy jam he hammered down in Amare Stoudemire‘s grill. Jeremy Lamb had a solid night as well, scoring 13 points on just eight shots.
The Thunder needed a solid win like this after being upset by the Toronto Raptors on Sunday night. I know that no one expected them to slide after such an irrelevant loss, but Christmas Day victories are always a bit more special. It’s even better when you make history by winning in such dominant fashion. The Thunder will go home and peacefully enjoy their holidays, or maybe they’ll party it up and sleep it off. Either way, they will be ready for their game on Friday when hit the road against the Charlotte Bobcats.