Knicks Rout Thunder, End Three-Game Losing Streak

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Knicks 112, Thunder 98: Stoudemire Leads Balanced New York Attack

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Amare Stoudemire scored 23 points and grabbed seven rebounds while Wilson Chandler provided a lift with 21 points, as New York downed Oklahoma City, 112-98, at Madison Square Garden.

Landry Fields notched 14 points with 10 rebounds, Raymond Felton contributed 12 points, 10 assists and six rebounds and Danilo Gallinari contributed 13 points for the Knicks, who put an end to a three-game slide.

Kevin Durant poured in 26 points with seven rebounds and Russell Westbrook chipped in with 23 points, five rebounds and five assists for the Thunder, who have dropped two of three and made just 39.2 percent of their shots in defeat.

Both teams found an early offensive rhythm, as Durant poured in 13 first- quarter points and the Knicks made three treys, as Oklahoma City took a 28-27 lead into the second stanza.

New York used a 17-6 scoring stretch during the second period to turn a five- point deficit into a 53-47 lead. Gallinari’s three-point play capped the stretch. Oklahoma City pulled within 53-51 on a Durant jumper, but the homestanding Knicks rattled off 10 consecutive points capped on Gallinari’s trey before a pair of Westbrook jumpers put the halftime margin at 63-55.

The Knicks were again strong out of the locker room, opening a 19-point margin at 80-61 nearly halfway through the period on Felton’s driving layup. The Thunder followed with a 12-2 flurry to draw back within single digits, yet the Knicks held a comfortable 90-78 lead heading into the final quarter.

Neither team mounted much offense in the final quarter, yet the Knicks increased their edge to as many as 22 points and the Thunder never got back within single digits, due in large part to just 32.1 percent shooting in the stanza.

The Knicks, led by Felton, scored 16 points in transition to just five for the Thunder…New York made 48.8 percent of its shots on the game and drained 10- of-21 from beyond the arc, including a surprising 3-of-4 effort by Chandler…Oklahoma City made just 3-of-17 three-pointers, and normally efficient Jeff Green was 1-of-6. Green did scored 14 points with seven rebounds, however me made just 6-of-19 shots overall…New York’s victory snapped a three-game losing streak in the series.

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Patrick Ewing A Candidate For Charlotte Coaching Job

Larry Brown, whose vagabond coaching career has included pit stops with both the New Jersey Nets and New York Knicks, has resigned as head coach of the Charlotte Bobcats. In his place could be former Knick superstar Patrick Ewing.

Ewing, currently an assistant coach with the Orlando Magic, Paul Silas and Mike Woodson are reportedly the leading candidates for the job. Ewing has been an assistant coach with the Magic since 2007.

Silas has been an NBA head coach four times and has a career record of 355-400. He was most recently head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2004-2005 season. Woodson coached the Atlanta Hawks for five seasons, compiling a 206-286 record. The Hawks went 53-29 last season, but Woodson was fired after the Hawks were eliminated by Orlando in the second round of the playoffs.

I have to admit I never saw Ewing as coaching material during his Hall of Fame playing career, and was surprised when he took the job with Orlando. I am even more surprised that he has stayed with it, and could wind up with a head coaching job.

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