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February 10, 2014

Knicks no match for Durant, Thunder

OKLAHOMA CITY — The showdown between the NBA's top two scorers turned out to be a mismatch.

Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant outscored New York's Carmelo Anthony 41-15, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the New York Knicks 112-100 on Sunday.

Durant, the league's leading scorer, also had 10 rebounds and nine assists. Anthony, the league's No. 2 scorer, had 15 points on 5-for-19 shooting for the Knicks.

Thunder coach Scott Brooks took Durant out of the game with 1:24 remaining, leaving Durant short of a rare 40-point triple-double by a single assist.

"I got on Serge (Ibaka)," Durant said, laughing. "He missed a dunk and he passed up a shot."

Durant also was largely responsible for guarding Anthony.

"He missed some shots that he normally makes," Durant said. "I just tried to play as strong as I can, contest some shots and not get discouraged when he hits them because he makes tough shots and he's a guy that can get hot. I just try to rely on my teammates, and they did a great job of helping me out, building a wall behind me, and I just tried to play as hard as I can."

Reggie Jackson had 19 points and six assists and Ibaka had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Thunder, who were coming off a 103-102 loss to struggling Orlando on Friday night.

Raymond Felton and Amare Stoudemire each scored 16 points for the Knicks, who have lost four of five.

The Thunder made 12 3-pointers and shot 55 percent overall.

Oklahoma City led 58-53 at halftime as Durant outscored Anthony 19-7.

The Thunder asserted themselves in the third quarter. Jackson drained a 3-pointer to put the Thunder up 76-64 midway through the period. Durant's 3-pointer gave the Thunder an 81-69 edge, and the Knicks called a timeout.

New York cut Oklahoma City's lead to 86-80 early in the fourth quarter on a dunk by Jeremy Tyler, but Oklahoma City pulled away. A 3-pointer by Durant pushed Oklahoma City's lead to 95-86.

"You can double him but he's a willing passer now and he's finding people all over the place. He was good tonight, real good," Knicks coach Mike Woodson said.

Oklahoma City led 97-88 with 5:34 remaining when Ibaka was issued a technical foul. Anthony made the free throw, but the Knicks didn't get anything out of the possession. The Thunder took control from there as a long jumper by Ibaka put Oklahoma City ahead 105-90.

Durant scored his 40th point on a free throw with 1:41 remaining.

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