OKC’s “Big 3” debuts in victory over Knicks
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Much has changed about the Thunder. One thing hasn’t — Russell Westbrook still gets triple-doubles.
The reigning MVP had 21 points, 16 assists and 10 rebounds, and Oklahoma City beat the New York Knicks 105-84 on Thursday night in their first regular-season game with All-Star additions Paul George and Carmelo Anthony.
Anthony liked watching Westbrook’s dynamic play from a new perspective.
“You guys are used to it,” Anthony said. “I’m used to watching it. I’m used to going up against it. Now, to be on the other side of that on the same team as him, and to reap those benefits of what he can bring to the game — I’m excited about what we started out tonight, what we created tonight and where we’re headed.”
George, who was acquired in an offseason trade with the Indiana Pacers, led the Thunder with 28 points. He said he wasn’t used to getting so many open looks, but Westbrook took pressure off of him.
“It’s great,” George said. “The game comes so easy. I know I’m going to get those easy opportunities like I did tonight. It’s only going to make me better.”
Anthony, who was traded from the Knicks to the Thunder right before training camp began, had 22 points against his former team.
“That chapter’s closed,” Anthony said. “No more Knicks talk. Just focus in on the Thunder moving forward and what we have to do.”
Kristaps Porzingis had 31 points and 12 rebounds for the Knicks. Enes Kanter, who joined the Knicks in the deal that sent Anthony to the Thunder, finished with 10 points and seven rebounds. No other New York players scored in double figures.