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    OKC Big 3 combine for 71 in explosive debut as new-look Thunder shows might on Knicks

    by the web
    Oct 20, 2017
    Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis battle for the loose ball. AP

    RUSSELL Westbrook started the new season with a triple-double, which isn't surprising.

    But what’s changed for the Oklahoma City Thunder is how the reigning MVP, who averaged a triple-double last season, made it look easier with all the firepower surrounding him this time.

    The new era in Oklahoma City got off to an explosive start as Carmelo Anthony led his new team to a 105-84 romp over his former New York Knicks squad on Thursday (Friday, Manila time) at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

    Paul George, Westbrook and Anthony each scored over 20 points, combining for 71, to lead the new-look Thunder to an emphatic win in their season opener.

    Anthony and the Thunder started sluggish before finding their rhythm in a 12-0 run to close the half with a 54-42 lead.

    OKC never let up after the break, with reigning Westbrook leading the charge to extend the gap to as high as 21.

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    Just when the Knicks tried to rally and cut the lead down to 15, Westbrook and George took over, with the latter hitting his sixth triple of the game to put the match out of reach as the Thunder rested the starters with a 21-point advantage and less than three minutes left.

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    George led the way with 28 points, while Anthony had 22 in their OKC debuts. Westbrook finished with 21 markers, 16 assists, and 10 rebounds.

    Kristaps Porzingis had a game-high 31 points to go with 12 rebounds but found little support. Enes Kanter added 10 markers for the Knicks.

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    Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis battle for the loose ball. AP
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