Oklahoma City Thunder's new star trio buries New York Knicks

By Ryan Aber, The Sports Xchange  |  Oct. 19, 2017 at 11:48 PM
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OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Oklahoma City Thunder's new-look roster got off to a big start Thursday night.

New additions Carmelo Anthony and Paul George teamed up with Russell Westbrook to score a combined 71 points as the Thunder beat the New York Knicks 105-84 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in the season opener for both teams.

Westbrook once again turned in a triple-double, with 21 points, 16 assists and 10 rebounds, sealing the mark with his final rebound with about four minutes remaining and the game well in hand.

George finished with 28 points while Anthony added 22.

Kristaps Porzingis led the Knicks with 31 points and 12 rebounds. The only other New York player to score in double digits was Enes Kanter, who had 10 points.

For Anthony, it was a chance to move on after six-plus seasons in New York ended acrimoniously, leading to his trade to Oklahoma City just before training camp opened.

It didn't take long for Anthony to turn the page, hitting a 3-pointer less than a minute into the game and getting a large roar.

There was plenty new for the Thunder, most notably with the additions of George in an offseason trade from the Indiana Pacers and Anthony to go with a new-look bench.

A year ago, when Westbrook headed to the bench for a rest, the Thunder were hard-pressed to find much offense.

But with Anthony and George on board, the Thunder had one of their stars on the floor at all times.

The first time Westbrook sat, the offense stagnated as the Knicks cut what was a nine-point deficit to a one-point advantage by the time Westbrook re-entered early in the second quarter.

But the second time Westbrook sat, the Thunder were able to maintain what had ballooned to a 20-point lead.

NOTES: Knicks F Michael Beasley sustained a left ankle injury after hitting a shot late in the first quarter and landing on Thunder G Russell Westbrook's foot. Beasley did not return, though X-rays were negative. ... The triple-double was the 80th of Westbrook's career. Westbrook averaged a triple-double a season ago. ... Knicks C Enes Kanter was given a loud ovation both in warmups and when he was introduced as a starter. Kanter played 180 games for the Thunder over the previous two-plus seasons. ... New York coach Jeff Hornacek was given a technical foul at the end of the first half after arguing with officials following Thunder F Paul George's steal and basket at the buzzer. New York G Courtney Lee was also called for a technical in the final minute of the second quarter.

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