Originally written March 08, 2013 on Turn On The Knicks:
The New York Knicks had no business even being in the game without Carmelo Anthony, but they played their hearts while falling just short of upsetting the defending Western Conference Champions, 95-94. J.R. Smith, who had 36 points on the night, including six threes, wasn’t able to execute on a last second isolation, and wound up missing a contested fadeaway that would have won the game for his team. Kevin Durant had 34 points in a physical, primetime matchup. The Thunder had a huge first quarter, riding a 16-0 run to a nine point lead after the first quarter. By halftime, the Knicks were down only by four, led by Smith’s 18 points in 16 minutes. The Knicks really set the tone in the second quarter and despite missing their leading scorer, were able to step up defensively and make this game harder than it ever should have been for Oklahoma City. Russell Westbrook struggled throughout most of the night, but was able to clamp down defensively on the last play of the game, and ended t...
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