NEW YORK, New York — The New York Knicks Michael Beasley tied a season-high with 30 points on 11-of-18 shooting from the floor to go along with five boards and four assists in 37 minutes of action to help beat the Oklahoma Thunder 111-96 at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night.
The Knicks(16-13) who played without Kristap Porzingis, connected on 55.1 percent of its shots from the field, 60.9 percent from downtown, and 80.8 percent at the charity stripe.
Our lead is ⬆️ to 89-79 in Q4.
— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) 17 december 2017
Russell Westbrook had 25 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for the Thunder, who finshed with a 2-1 record for their three-game est coast trip. They will host the Nuggets on Monday night.
MELO THANKS KNICKS
Carmelo Anthony (Syracuse University) received a mostly warm reception from New York Knicks fans Saturday night in his first game at Madison Square Garden as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Knicks played a tribute video for Melo before he was announced during the starting lineup introductions. The video showed highlight games during Anthony’s 6½ seasons in New York. Melo a ten-time NBA All – Star, who has spent a bulk of his playing career in New York, finished with 12 points and shared how he wanted to be recognized.
“Somebody who wanted to be here, came here, did what he had to do night in and night out whether people liked it or not, remained positive through all the negative situations and all the negative times,” Anthony said. “Somebody who stayed professional throughout my seven years here and somebody who had hopes and dreams of winning the championship here in New York and fell short at that.
“So that’s something that I will always hold over my head as far as it comes to that. But I will always be kind of part of this culture here. For me it’s different than any other basketball player that comes through here, that played with the Knicks. It’s deeper than basketball when it comes to me and this city.
The Knicks will hit the road on Sunday afternoon to face the Charlotte Hornets on Monday evening.
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