NBA roundup: Thunder rolls with ease

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Not only was there no Kevin Durant-Carmelo Anthony showdown, there wasn't much of a game, either.

The Oklahoma City Thunder made sure of it with the most dominant performance ever by a road team on Christmas.

Durant scored 29 points, Russell Westbrook had a triple-double by the middle of the third quarter and the Thunder rolled to a 123-94 victory Wednesday against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden

The 29-point win was the largest for a road team on Christmas.

"I just know that if we play the way we play, team basketball, Thunder basketball, not too many teams can beat us," Westbrook said.

The Knicks, without Anthony, weren't one of them.

The matchup between the NBA's top two scorers was canceled because of Anthony's sprained left ankle, so the Thunder had the Christmas spotlight all to themselves while winning for the 10th time in 11 games.

Westbrook finished with 14 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists in his first triple-double of the season and seventh of his career. Serge Ibaka added 24 points on 10-of-14 shooting as the Thunder left a sellout crowd of 19,812 booing the home team, or making no noise at all.

"I said that on the bench, I was like, 'Man, it feels like nobody's in here,' " Durant said.

Amare Stoudemire scored a season-high 22 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. had 21 for the Knicks, who also were missing starting guard Raymond Felton.

Anthony sat out for the first time this season. The Knicks were never really in it without him and might not have had a chance with him.

"Defensively, we just weren't there tonight," coach Mike Woodson said.

Other games

Rockets 111, Spurs 98: James Harden scored 28 points and Dwight Howard had 15 points and 20 rebounds, leading balanced Houston to a win at San Antonio. Each of the Rockets' starters scored in double figures as they improved to 2-0 this season against the Spurs, who still lead the Southwest Division by 3½ games over Houston.

Bulls 95, Nets 78: Taj Gibson scored 20 points, Jimmy Butler added 15 and Chicago routed host Brooklyn. Trailing, 50-49, early in the third, the Bulls took over behind Butler. He keyed a 21-5 run that gave them control for good.


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