Five takeaways from the Thunder's 126-103 rout of Knicks
The Thunder beat the Knicks 126-103 at Madison Square Garden Friday, improving to 2-0 on a 3-game road trip back East.
Here are five takeaways from the rout:
Knicks control the paint early
With a high-flying one-handed slam, Mitchell Robinson boosted the Knicks' points in the paint to 14 in the first quarter. The Thunder had just six.
New York didn’t make a 3-pointer in the first half, but it kept the game close early on by controlling the paint.
The Thunder began to turn the tables immediately after Robinson’s alley-oop dunk. The Thunder went on a 10-1 run in the last three minutes of the first quarter, taking a seven-point lead.
Diallo ends 3-point slump
Thunder guard Hamidou Diallo hopped to his right to catch a pass from Chris Paul. Then, Diallo set his feet and let a 3-pointer fly.
That make from beyond the arc was his first since Jan. 17 against Miami and his sixth all year. It put the Thunder up 34-26 about three minutes into the second quarter.
Diallo, a New York Native, celebrated his homecoming with 12 points and three rebounds.
Noel throws Block party
Thunder center Nerlens Noel kept his eyes trained on Frank Ntilikina, side-shuffling around the restricted area. Ntilikina leaped toward the basket, but Noel jumped higher and swatted the ball out of the Knicks guard’s hands.
Seconds remained in the first quarter, but Noel had plenty more blocks in him. He’d block Taj Gibson twice in the same possession, midway through the second quarter. It was the second consecutive game that Noel recorded three blocks.
Noel also impressed on the offensive end with a series of alley-oops. He scored eight points.
Paul ties season high
The Thunder had such a dominant lead on the Knicks that Chris Paul’s night ended with 7:35 left on the clock. Still, Paul tied a season-high with 12 assists.
Paul was also OKC’s second-leading scorer Friday. His 21 points were only bested by Danilo Gallianri’s 22.
The Knicks entered play Friday averaging just 9.7 made 3-pointers per game, the least in the NBA. Friday’s performance only hurt that average.
The Knicks shot 4-of-24 from beyond the arc. Meanwhile, the Thunder shot 38.7 percent from 3-point range.