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The Oklahoma City Thunder easily hand the New York Knicks a 105 to 84 loss in Anthony’s debut against his former team

The Oklahoma City Thunder easily hand the New York Knicks a 105 to 84 loss in Anthony’s debut against his former team

Last night’s matchup between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the New York Knicks would mark the first of two games that they would play against each other but this game is something special:  This would be the first time that Carmelo Anthony would face the Knicks since being traded and he is hoping to close that chapter out by showing up big.  He would also have new-forward Paul George and Russell Westbrook by his side to help out as the Thunder host the Knicks in Oklahoma.

During the first quarter of the game, the Knicks would shoot fifty-six percent from the field, limiting the Thunder to thirty-six percent.  Paul George would heat up for thirteen points in the beginning quarter, six of those coming from behind the arc and the other four from the free-throw line.  2017 NBA MVP Russell Westbrook would score five points while grabbing two rebounds and dishing off one assist.  Anthony would only shoot seventeen percent as he earns four points from knocking down a three-pointer and one free-throw.

As for the New York team, Kristaps Porzingis would chalk up eight points while collecting three defensive rebounds.  Former Houston Rockets’ shooting guard Courtney Lee would score five points while knocking down a three-pointer in the process of doing so.  New-center Enes Kanter would be limited to four points while collecting two offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds.  Ramon Sessions would knock down a three-pointer to contribute but it was the home team that ended the first quarter with a 27-24 lead.

The Thunder would shoot thirty-nine percent from the field as a team in the second quarter while the Knicks ended shooting twenty-nine percent from the field.  Porzingis would add eleven more points to his scoring total as he drills a three-pointer in the process.  He would also gather up two offensive rebounds and four defensive rebounds while doing so.  Tim Hardaway Jr. ended up dropping five points, three coming from beyond the arc.  Kyle O’Quinn would come off the bench to put up two points while grabbing four rebounds.

On the other end of the court, Carmelo Anthony would start to heat up as he drops eleven points, drilling a three-pointer in the process.  Westbrook scored seven points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  He also managed to grab three rebounds while giving out four assists.  George would play for twelve minutes only to be limited to four points but he would collect two defensive rebounds.  Steven Adams would also be limited to four points but he would grab three rebounds as the Thunder head into the locker room with a 53 to 42 advantage over the Knicks.

After halftime, the Oklahoma City Thunder would spark a huge 26 to 17 run in the third quarter as they shot fifty-nine percent from the field, limiting the visiting team to thirty-seven percent.  Andre Roberson would shoot sixty percent from the field to earn himself six points as he contributes with three rebounds and two assists.  Russell Westbrook continues to add to his performance as he chalks up five points, three defensive rebounds, and six assists.  George and Anthony would each be limited to four points but George would manage to collect two defensive rebounds in the process.

As for the Knicks, Kanter would shoot seventy-five percent from the field as he records six points and two defensive rebounds.  Lee would end up play twelve minutes only to be limited to four points and two assists.  Kristaps Porzingis would only shoot twenty percent from the field, collecting two points as the Thunder end the third quarter with a huge 79-59 lead.

The New York Knicks would shoot forty-four percent from the field in the last period as the Thunder shot forty-two percent from the field.  Porzingis would continue his shooting performance as he puts up ten more points, knocking down a three-pointer in the process of doing so.  He would also grab two rebounds as Kansas-native Ron Baker came off the bench to drill a three-pointer and two free-throws.  O’Quinn would be held scoreless in the eight minutes that he played but he did manage to pull down three defensive rebounds.

On the other end of the floor, Paul George ended up chalking up nine points, earning all of them from beyond the arc.  Jerami Grant would come off of the bench to drop five points, drilling a three-pointer in the process of doing so.  Anthony would knock down a three-pointer to earn three points while Westbrook would also earn three points, along with two defensive rebounds and four assists as the Oklahoma City Thunder easily pull away with a 105 to 84 victory over the New York Knicks.

Carmelo Anthony finished the game with twenty-two points against his former team, along with one rebound and one assist while Paul George finished with twenty-eight points, six rebounds, and one assist.  Russell Westbrook would post his 89th triple-double of his career as he finishes with twenty-one points, ten rebounds, and sixteen assists.  Kristaps Porzingis would finish with thirty-one points, twelve rebounds, and one assist.

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The Houston Rockets defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder, taking a 3-1 lead in series

The Houston Rockets defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder, taking a 3-1 lead in series

Tonight would mark the fourth game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets in their playoff series.  This series has been the most hyped up series in the Playoffs, as it has been presenting the top-two MVP candidates going head-to-head.  Game 1 was a victory for the Houston Rockets as they serve the Thunder a 118 to 87 blowout.  James Harden scored thirty-seven points, pulled down seven rebounds and dished off nine assists.  Russell Westbrook ended up with twenty-two points, eleven rebounds and seven assists.  The Rockets would host the Thunder again in Game 2 as they pull away with a 115-111 win.  In that game, James Harden put up thirty-five points, four rebounds and eight assists.  Russell Westbrook earned fifty-one points, ten rebounds and thirteen assists.  The last game came down to the wire as the Thunder would defeat the Rockets in Oklahoma City, 115 to 113.  Russell Westbrook finished with thirty-two points, twelve rebounds and eleven assists.  James Harden collected forty-four points, six rebounds and six assists.  The Oklahoma City Thunder would look to even the series up in Oklahoma tonight.

The Thunder started the game off on a good foot as they shot fifty percent from the field, limiting the Rockets to thirty percent.  Steven Adams scored six points, along with two rebounds and two blocks.  Russell Westbrook would also drop six points and collect five rebounds and four assists to go along with it.  On the other end, Trevor Ariza would put up eight points, which would include one 3-pointer but it was the Oklahoma City Thunder that ended the first period with a 26 to 22 lead.  In the next quarter, both teams would keep the score close as they each record thirty-two points.  Six-time All-Star, Russell Westbrook, would chalk up eleven points, five rebounds, six assists and one block.  Steven Adams would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, earning himself six points.  Eric Gordon would come off the Rockets bench to drop eight points, which would contain two 3-pointers.  Former Wizards player, Nene, would also come off the bench to score eight points, as well.  Bench player, Lou Williams, would also contribute with seven points but it was the Thunder that went into halftime with a 58-54 advantage.  Russell Westbrook would finish the half with seventeen points, ten rebounds and ten assists, the fastest postseason triple-double in the last twenty seasons.

The third period would be no different from the second as both teams would chalk up a total of nineteen points in the quarter.  Maryland-native, Victor Oladipo, would throw up six points while going up for one rebound.  Steven Adams would receive five more points to add to his scoring total, shooting fifty percent from the field.  Westbrook would play for nine minutes, only to be held scoreless after attempting six shots.  As far as the Texas team, Nene would score four points, while gobbling up two rebounds and giving out one assist.  Another former Wizards player, Trevor Ariza, would knock down a 3-pointer and crash the boards for two rebounds but it was the home team that ended the third period with a 77-73 lead.  Houston would go on a 40 to 32 run in the last quarter as Nene would chalk up ten points, shooting one-hundred percent from the field.  The 2014-2015 Sixth Man, Lou Williams, would drop nine points which would include one 3-pointer.  Westbrook would try to keep his team ahead as he goes off for eighteen points, three of those coming from behind the arc.  After a total of six lead changes and five game ties, the Houston Rockets would eventually come back and close the game out with a 113 to 109 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.  Nene would finish with twenty-eight points (his new Playoff career-high), ten rebounds and one assist.  Russell Westbrook would end with thirty-five points, fourteen rebounds (tying his Playoff career-high) and fourteen assists.

The Oklahoma City Thunder slip away with a victory against the Houston Rockets, preventing Houston to take a 3-0 lead in series

The Oklahoma City Thunder slip away with a victory against the Houston Rockets, preventing Houston to take a 3-0 lead in series

Last night marked Game 3 between the Houston Rockets and the Oklahoma City Thunder in their playoff series.  The last two games didn’t go as planned for the Thunder as the Rockets defeated them in both Game 1 and Game 2.  Game 1 was a blowout as Houston left with a 118-87 win.  James Harden finished with thirty-seven points, seven rebounds and nine assists.  Russell Westbrook finished with twenty-two points, eleven rebounds and seven assists.  The Rockets would barely win Game 2 as they slip away with a 115 to 111 victory.  In that game, James Harden scored thirty-five points, pulled down four rebounds and dished out eight assists.  Russell Westbrook ended up with fifty-one points, ten rebounds and thirteen assists.  The Rockets looked to take a 3-0 in the series last night as they faced the Thunder in Oklahoma City.

The game would start off right for the Thunder as Taj Gibson lights the floor up with twelve points, shooting 86% from the field.  The first-round pick in the 2013 draft, Andre Roberson, would shoot a perfect 100% from the field, earning himself nine points.  Russell Westbrook would be limited to only six points but would crash the boards for four rebounds and give out four assists.  On the other end, James Harden would chalk up nine points and five assists but it was the home team that ended the first period with a 34 to 25 lead.  Things would start to look good for the visiting team as Lou Williams comes off the bench to drop twelve points, which included three 3-pointers.  James Harden shot 50% from the field, adding eleven points to his scoring total.  Former Magic player, Victor Oladipo, would throw up eight points to help the Thunder out, which would include two 3-pointers.  Westbrook would score eight points, as well, four coming from the free-throw line as Oklahoma City walks into halftime with a 65-58 advantage.

Russell Westbrook would come out of the locker room after halftime to chalk up nine points in the third quarter, along with three rebounds and three assists.  Former Bulls player, Taj Gibson, would collect six more additional points to add to his scoring total.  As for the visiting team, James Harden would try to bring the Rockets closer as he drops eleven points, three of those coming from beyond the arc.  Eric Gordon would come off the Houston bench to contribute with five points but it was the Thunder who would end the third period with a 93-83 lead.  The Houston Rockets would try to climb back as they go on a 30 to 22 run in the last quarter.  Within that run, Harden would go off for thirteen points, containing two 3-pointers.  California-native Ryan Anderson, would try to help out with six points and three rebounds, while Lou Williams comes off the bench to earn six points of his own.  With 52 seconds left in the game, James Harden would connect for a three-pointer, tying the game up at 111.  After Westbrook’s pull-up three-pointer failed to go in, Steven Adams would tip the shot into the basket, giving the home team a two-point lead.  After the time out, James Harden would attempt a three-pointer but wouldn’t go in as Westbrook grabs the rebounds and gets intentionally fouled.  Russell Westbrook would miss the first free-throw but would connect for the second one, bumping the score up to 114-111.  After Harden knocks down two free-throws to bring his team within one, Westbrook is fouled again with eight seconds left.  Westbrook would knock down one of the two foul shots, giving the Thunder a two-point advantage.  James Harden would attempt a three-pointer to win the game but would fail to connect as the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat the Houston Rockets, making the series 2-1.  Russell Westbrook would finish with thirty-two points, thirteen rebounds and eleven assists.  James Harden ended up with forty-four points, six rebounds and six assists.

Russell Westbrook would pass Oscar Robertson for most triple-doubles in a regular season as Thunder defeat Nuggets in a close game

Russell Westbrook would pass Oscar Robertson for most triple-doubles in a regular season as Thunder defeat Nuggets in a close game

Russell Westbrook (31.7 PPG, 10.7 RPG and 10.4 APG) is one triple-double away from passing Oscar Robertson for most triple-doubles in a regular season.  The 45-34 Oklahoma City Thunder will travel to Colorado to take on the 38-41 Denver Nuggets. These two clubs have met up twice already this season, leaving two more match-ups left.  The first game took place on November 25 in Denver as the Thunder would sneak away with a 132-129 win in overtime.  In that game, Russell Westbrook would get thirty-six points, eleven rebounds and seventeen assists.  Wilson Chandler would score thirty-two points, eleven rebounds and four assists.  The second meeting would take place on January 7 in Oklahoma City as the home team won, 121 to 106.  Westbrook would score thirty-two points, grab seventeen rebounds and dish off eleven assists.  Wilson Chandler would go to score twenty-four points, grab eight rebounds and dish off two assists.  The Thunder would look to earn another win against this struggling team in the Pepsi Center tonight.

In the first quarter, Danilo Gallinari would start off hot by dropping twelve points, including two 3-pointers.  On the other end, both Victor Oladipo and Russell Westbrook would post up six points but former Jazz player Enes Kanter would come off the bench to help the team by scoring nine points.  Despite his poor shooting performance in the first, Westbrook would earn five rebounds and three assists to make up for it.  It would be a tight game as the Thunder end the quarter holding onto a 27 to 26 lead.  The six-time All Star Russell Westbrook will come alive in the second period as he drops seventeen points, including one 3-pointer.  He would also add seven rebounds and three assists along with it.  But Nikola Jokic would help the home team out by shooting 66% from the field, earning himself seven points, which would contain a 3-pointer, as well.  The Colorado team would head into the locker room at halftime with a 53-52 lead.  The third period belonged to the Nuggets as the first round pick in the 2008 draft, Danilo Gallinari, would go off for twenty-two points, including two 3-pointers.  Even though Russell Westbrook would earn nine points, one rebound and three assist, it would be the home team that enters the fourth quarter with a 91-81 lead.  Oklahoma City Thunder would come back as they go on a huge 25 to 14 run.  Westbrook would go for eighteen more points, along with three rebounds and one assist.  But the Denver team would not go away as Emmanuel Mudiay comes off the bench to drop eight points.  With 47 seconds left in the game and Nuggets carrying a 105-98 lead, Westbrook would go to the free throw line as he was fouled on a 3-point attempt.  He would make all three of his foul shots, bringing his team within four.  After Chandler turns the ball over, Westbrook would take it in on the other end for a driving lay up, cutting the deficit to two.  With only two seconds left on the game clock and the Thunder down by two, Russell Westbrook would knock down a 36-foot three-point jumper to win the game 106 to 105.  Russell Westbrook would pass Oscar Robertson for most triple-doubles in a regular season (42 triple-doubles total).  Westbrook would end the game with fifty points, sixteen rebounds and ten assists.  This would be fifth 50-point game of his career.  Danilo Gallinari would finish with thirty-four points, ten rebounds and three assists.  Following this loss, the Denver Nuggets will be eliminated from playoff contention for fourth consecutive season.

Russell Westbrook ties Robertson for most triple-doubles in a season

Russell Westbrook ties Robertson for most triple-doubles in a season

Russell Westbrook is one triple-double away from tying Oscar Robertson for most triple-doubles in a regular season.  Tonight, his 43-33 team would host Giannis Antetokounmpo and the 40-37 Milwaukee Bucks as Westbrook looks to casually post up another triple-double.  Since these two teams are in different conferences, they would only meet up twice during the regular season.  The first time these teams met up was on January 2 in Wisconsin, with the home team winning with a 98 to 94 score.  In that game, Antetokounmpo scored 26 points, while Westbrook scored 30.  So tonight, OKC is looking to seek revenge against the Bucks.

In the first quarter, both star players from each team came out and started off hot.  Antetokounmpo scores eight points and grabs six boards as Westbrook drops seven points and grabs six boards of his own.  Enes Kanter also helps out by going for nine points and giving the Thunder a 28 to 20 lead at the end of the first.  In the next quarter, it was all about the home team as they go on a large 35-19 run.  Former Chicago Bulls player, Doug McDermott, would drop six points, along with Steven Adams and Russell Westbrook going for five points.  Westbrook would also dish off six assists and jump up to grab two more rebounds.  After halftime, Greg Monroe and Michael Beasley would come out to score six points to try and help the Bucks cut into the lead but another former Bulls player, Taj Gibson, would go two for three in the field, earning himself six points.  In this quarter, Westbrook played nine minutes and didn’t score but he did grab five boards and give out five assists.  The Thunder would end the third quarter with a big 89 to 59 lead and they would close it out in the fourth, winning the game in a 110-79 blowout.  Russell Westbrook would end the game with 12 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists, tying the great Oscar Robertson for most triple-doubles in a season.