The New York Knicks were without two of their top players when the Oklahoma City Thunder came to New York City on Saturday evening.
However even without Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr. the hosts defeated the visitors from the Midwest 111-96 at Madison Square Garden.
Carmelo Anthony had a tough return to the building he had called home for most of his career, as the 33-year old small forward from New York scored only 12 points while pulling down five rebounds and passing out a assist. The former Knicks star was held scoreless in the second half.
Oklahoma City, 5000.00 to win the Northwest Division, appeared sluggish for most of the contest, possibly due to the fact that the Thunder were coming off a three overtime game the night before against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Leading the way for New York was Michael Beasley, as the journeyman 28-year old small forward from Frederick, Maryland scored a game high 30 points while grabbing five rebounds and passing out four assists for the game.
The Knicks have been a surprise early this season, with the hosts sporting a record better than the Thunder at 16-13 compared to 14-15 on the year.
Russell Westbrook led the way in defeat for Oklahoma City, as the defending NBA most valuable player scored a team high 25 points, while grabbing seven rebounds and contributing seven assists.
The Thunder now head back to Oklahoma to take on the Denver Nuggets on Monday while New York will also return to the court on Monday against the Hornets in Charlotte.
The Thunder are 5000.00 to win the Western Conference with the Houston Rockets 2.45 and the San Antonio Spurs priced at 5000.00.
View all Basketball lines