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Thunder top Knicks 105-84 in OKC debuts for George, Anthony

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Much has changed about the Thunder. One thing hasn't - Russell Westbrook still gets triple-doubles.

The reigning MVP had 21 points, 16 assists and 10 rebounds, and Oklahoma City beat the New York Knicks 105-84 on Thursday night in their first regular-season game with All-Star additions Paul George and Carmelo Anthony.

Anthony liked watching Westbrook's dynamic play from a new perspective.

''You guys are used to it,'' Anthony said. ''I'm used to watching it. I'm used to going up against it. Now, to be on the other side of that on the same team as him, and to reap those benefits of what he can bring to the game - I'm excited about what we started out tonight, what we created tonight and where we're headed.''

George, who was acquired in an offseason trade with the Indiana Pacers, led the Thunder with 28 points. He said he wasn't used to getting so many open looks, but Westbrook took pressure off of him.

''It's great,'' George said. ''The game comes so easy. I know I'm going to get those easy opportunities like I did tonight. It's only going to make me better.''

Anthony, who was traded from the Knicks to the Thunder right before training camp began, had 22 points against his former team.

''That chapter's closed,'' Anthony said. ''No more Knicks talk. Just focus in on the Thunder moving forward and what we have to do.''

Kristaps Porzingis had 31 points and 12 rebounds for the Knicks. Enes Kanter, who joined the Knicks in the deal that sent Anthony to the Thunder, finished with 10 points and seven rebounds. No other New York players scored in double figures.

Anthony was impressed with Porzingis' performance and willingness to take charge.

''Just to see that he's ready to take on that role - he looked aggressive tonight,'' Anthony said. ''He looked comfortable, felt comfortable tonight. I was happy to see that.''

George broke away for a dunk as time expired in the first half to give the Thunder a 53-42 lead. Porzingis scored 19 points before the break to keep the Knicks in it.

Kanter made three buckets early in the third quarter to keep the Knicks in it, but Westbrook found Steven Adams and Andre Roberson for back-to-back alley-oop dunks to give the Thunder a 69-52 lead.

After that, it was time for the Westbrook triple-double watch. He reached double digits in assists midway through the third quarter, then grabbed his 10th rebound with about four minutes remaining in the game.

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TIP-INS

Knicks: Kanter and F Doug McDermott, the other player the Thunder sent to the Knicks in the Anthony deal, both got a standing ovation during pregame warmups. ... McDermott scored four points on 2-for-5 shooting. ... The Knicks shot 55.6 percent in the first quarter and still trailed 27-24, in part, because of 11 turnovers. They finished with 26 turnovers.

Thunder: The game marked the start of the 10th season for the Thunder in Oklahoma City. ... Thunder C Dakari Johnson scored four points in his NBA debut. He was a G League All-Star last season. ... F Jerami Grant's fadeaway at the third-quarter buzzer gave Oklahoma City a 79-59 lead.

`STACHE BROTHERS

Kanter and Adams are best friends who were known as the `Stache Brothers when they played together with the Thunder.

''It felt weird because he knows my moves and everything,'' Kanter said. ''It definitely was good to see him and come back and play against those guys.''

DEFENSE STEPS UP

The Thunder allowed the Knicks to shoot 55.6 percent in the first quarter, then held them to 36 percent shooting the rest of the game. It allowed the Thunder to get away with shooting poorly early.

''I thought in the first half we had really good looks,'' Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. ''We didn't shoot the ball well. The thing with us was our defense. I was really pleased with that.''

STAT LINES

Adams had a strong all-around game. He scored 12 points on 5-for-5 shooting, and grabbed five rebounds. He had five steals - one short of his career high - and added three blocks.

UP NEXT:

Knicks: Host Detroit on Saturday night.

Thunder: At Utah on Saturday night.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Offensive rebound by Josh Huestis 0:15
  Alex Abrines missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:18
  Offensive rebound by Dakari Johnson 0:20
  Terrance Ferguson missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:23
  Turnover on Willy Hernangomez 0:40
  Ron Baker missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:40
+ 1 Ron Baker made 1st of 2 free throws 0:40
  Personal foul on Alex Abrines 0:40
+ 2 Dakari Johnson made dunk 0:53
  Offensive rebound by Dakari Johnson 0:53
  Terrance Ferguson missed turnaround jump shot 0:56
Team Stats
Points 84 105
Field Goals 32-79 (40.5%) 39-90 (43.3%)
3-Pointers 7-24 (29.2%) 11-38 (28.9%)
Free Throws 13-19 (68.4%) 16-22 (72.7%)
Total Rebounds 53 57
Offensive 11 13
Defensive 30 28
Team 12 16
Assists 19 26
Steals 8 14
Blocks 4 7
Turnovers 25 18
Fouls 23 22
Technicals 3 1
31 PTS, 12 REB, 1 AST
21 PTS, 10 REB, 16 AST
1234T
away team logo Knicks 0-1 2418172584
home team logo Thunder 1-0 27262626105
Team Stats
away team logo Knicks 0-1 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Thunder 1-0 101.2 PPG 44 RPG 16.3 APG
Key Players
K. Porzingis F 22.7 PPG 6.6 RPG 1.2 APG 43.9 FG%
P. George F 21.9 PPG 5.7 RPG 3.3 APG 43.0 FG%
Top Scorers
K. Porzingis F 31 PTS 12 REB 1 AST
P. George F 28 PTS 6 REB 1 AST
40.5 FG% 43.3
29.2 3PT FG% 28.9
68.4 FT% 72.7
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Porzingis 38 31 12 1 0 1 2 3 11/25 2/6 7/9 3 9 44 -17
E. Kanter 22 10 7 1 3 0 4 1 5/10 0/1 0/0 2 5 18 -22
C. Lee 31 9 2 3 1 0 2 0 4/9 1/2 0/0 0 2 16 -22
T. Hardaway Jr. 28 8 0 1 0 0 2 5 3/10 2/7 0/0 0 0 8 -6
R. Sessions 20 3 2 1 1 1 3 3 1/3 1/2 0/0 0 2 6 -23
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Porzingis 38 31 12 1 0 1 2 3 11/25 2/6 7/9 3 9 44 -17
E. Kanter 22 10 7 1 3 0 4 1 5/10 0/1 0/0 2 5 18 -22
C. Lee 31 9 2 3 1 0 2 0 4/9 1/2 0/0 0 2 16 -22
T. Hardaway Jr. 28 8 0 1 0 0 2 5 3/10 2/7 0/0 0 0 8 -6
R. Sessions 20 3 2 1 1 1 3 3 1/3 1/2 0/0 0 2 6 -23
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. O'Quinn 21 6 10 2 0 0 2 4 2/5 0/1 2/2 3 7 18 -1
R. Baker 22 6 2 4 3 0 4 1 1/3 1/2 3/7 0 2 15 +4
D. McDermott 23 4 3 4 0 1 1 0 2/5 0/1 0/0 1 2 15 +4
W. Hernangomez 3 3 0 0 0 1 2 0 1/1 0/0 1/1 0 0 2 0
M. Beasley 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 2 +3
L. Thomas 15 2 3 1 0 0 2 4 1/4 0/2 0/0 2 1 5 -23
F. Ntilikina 7 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 0/2 0/0 0/0 0 0 1 -2
D. Dotson 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0
L. Kornet - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Kuzminskas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Jack - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 233 84 41 19 8 4 25 23 32/79 7/24 13/19 11 30 150 -105
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
P. George 39 28 6 1 1 1 1 1 9/23 6/13 4/4 0 6 37 +23
C. Anthony 33 22 1 1 2 2 2 4 8/20 3/10 3/5 0 1 27 +1
R. Westbrook 33 21 10 16 0 1 7 4 7/12 0/1 7/10 2 8 57 +29
S. Adams 29 12 5 1 5 3 1 3 5/5 0/0 2/3 2 3 26 +27
A. Roberson 20 6 6 2 1 0 0 0 3/7 0/2 0/0 3 3 17 +3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
P. George 39 28 6 1 1 1 1 1 9/23 6/13 4/4 0 6 37 +23
C. Anthony 33 22 1 1 2 2 2 4 8/20 3/10 3/5 0 1 27 +1
R. Westbrook 33 21 10 16 0 1 7 4 7/12 0/1 7/10 2 8 57 +29
S. Adams 29 12 5 1 5 3 1 3 5/5 0/0 2/3 2 3 26 +27
A. Roberson 20 6 6 2 1 0 0 0 3/7 0/2 0/0 3 3 17 +3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Grant 20 5 3 2 0 0 2 4 2/6 1/3 0/0 2 1 10 +13
D. Johnson 2 4 4 0 1 0 0 0 2/3 0/0 0/0 3 1 9 0
A. Abrines 24 3 3 0 1 0 2 3 1/5 1/5 0/0 0 3 5 +23
T. Ferguson 10 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 1/5 0/2 0/0 0 0 1 -1
R. Felton 15 2 0 3 3 0 0 2 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 0 11 -12
P. Patterson 6 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0/2 0/2 0/0 0 2 1 -1
J. Huestis 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 0 0 0
K. Singler - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Dozier - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Hamilton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Collison - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 233 105 41 26 14 7 18 22 39/90 11/38 16/22 13 28 201 +105