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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Knicks' Carmelo Anthony out in blowout loss to Thunder

By on 12/26/2013 10:37:00 AM

The New York Knicks got blown out by the Oklahoma City Thunder on Christmas day by the score of 123-94. The loss dropped the Knicks to 9-19, 4th in the Atlantic Division. They played without All-Star Carmelo Anthony, who was out with an ankle injury. reported a tweet from  The Official New York Knicks Public Relations twitter page confirming Anthony's status prior to the game.

The Knicks started a two-man front court of Andrea Bargnani and Tyson Chandler, along with a back court of Beno Udrih, J.R. Smith, and Iman Shumpert against the Thunder.  A'Mare Stoudemire and Tim Hardaway Jr. came off the bench to score 22 and 21 points, respectively.  Smith lead all starters with 20 points, in 38 minutes, although he shot only 8-of-22 from the floor.

Expect the Knicks to use a similar lineup should Anthony not be ready in time for Friday's game against the Raptors at Madison Square Garden.

Anthony was drafted by the Denver Nuggets in the first round in 2003 out of Syracuse.  This season, he is averaging 26.3 points and a career high 8.8 rebounds per game.  He has started all 740 NBA games he's played and never averaged less than 21 points per game in a season.  Anthony's career averages are 25.1 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3 assists per game.


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