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December 26, 2013

Thunder make Christmas Day history

NEW YORK — 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 over the New York Knicks.

The 29-point victory 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 that 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 point guard Raymond Felton. J.R. Smith scored 20 points, but shot 8 for 22 and was booed when he left the court for good.

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

“Defensively, we just weren’t there tonight,” Knicks coach Mike Woodson said.

The Knicks not only had trouble with the Thunder, but also with the special edition sleeved jerseys NBA teams are wearing on Christmas.

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