National Basketball Association
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New York at Oklahoma City
When: 9:30 PM ET, Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder look to bounce back from a porous performance when they host the New York Knicks on Wednesday. Westbrook tallied just 17 points in Monday's 120-98 loss to the Washington Wizards - a contest in which Oklahoma City missed a dubious NBA-record 24 consecutive shots at one point.

Westbrook recorded his second-lowest scoring output of the season and was just 5-of-19 from the field as the Thunder dropped their second straight game. "I mean, he's human. He can have a tough night," Thunder shooting guard Victor Oladipo said afterward. "But the rest of us -- we've got to step up and play." New York defeated the San Antonio Spurs 94-90 on Sunday to halt a four-game losing streak and is aiming to win back-to-back games for the first time since Dec. 20-22. The Knicks are just 7-20 since that point and the franchise has been plagued by tension, including president Phil Jackson taking shots at forward Carmelo Anthony and owner James Dolan having former New York star Charles Oakley removed from the arena, leading to Oakley's arrest on assault charges.

TV: 9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN, MSG (New York), FSN Oklahoma

ABOUT THE KNICKS (23-33): Anthony remains the subject of numerous trade rumors prior to the Feb. 23 deadline and he is looking forward to the All-Star break. There is a possibility Anthony could be asked to join the Eastern Conference team for Sunday's game if Cleveland's Kevin Love has to withdraw due to a knee injury, but he indicated that a mental break away from basketball packs more value for him. "I would love to take this break and just utilize this break and my body and my mind and just get away from everything," Anthony said. "I could utilize this break. If they call me I'd consider it but I would love to utilize this break."

ABOUT THE THUNDER (31-25): Oklahoma City put a lot of effort into Saturday's contest against Golden State when former star Kevin Durant returned to town and didn't seem to have much energy remaining for the Wizards. The Thunder trailed by as many as 34 points, shot 35.4 percent from the field and allowed 101 points over the first three quarters. "I think as a player, that's the hardest part when you play 82 games," Oklahoma City Thunder coach Billy Donovan said after the loss to Washington. "Can you come back and really be focused and locked in and play at that emotional level that you're capable of? We were not there. I certainly have seen us there before, but (Monday) was not a night that I felt was there."

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Westbrook posted 27 points, 18 rebounds and 14 assists as the Thunder registered a 112-103 victory over the Knicks on Nov. 28.

2. Oklahoma City PF Domantas Sabonis is 12-for-48 shooting in seven games this month and hasn't reached double digits in any of them.

3. New York C Joakim Noah (hamstring) will likely miss his fifth straight game.

PREDICTION: Thunder 116, Knicks 107
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
New York 23-33 W1 14-15 9-18 2-5 21-28 3-5 14-19
Oklahoma City 31-25 L2 19-8 12-17 3-1 28-24 6-3 19-14
Last Meeting
New York Oklahoma City
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
11/28/16 OKC 112 NY 103 103 40 39.6 112 53 50.0
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
New York D. Rose 30 50.0 10
Oklahoma City E. Kanter 27 70.6 3
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
New York C. Anthony 8 1 7
Oklahoma City R. Westbrook 17 5 12
Assists Player  
New York J. Noah 4
Oklahoma City R. Westbrook 14
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
New York C. Anthony 1359 44.1 248
Oklahoma City R. Westbrook 1800 41.9 502
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
New York J. Noah 418 164 254
Oklahoma City R. Westbrook 594 101 493
Assists Player  
New York B. Jennings 305
Oklahoma City R. Westbrook 595
Quickchart Matchup
New York New York Off vs  Oklahoma City Oklahoma City Defense
New York Off vs Oklahoma City - Points For 106.1 Points For
New York Off vs Oklahoma City - Points Against 106.1 Points Against
New York - FG% 44.8 FG%
Oklahoma City - FG% 45.8 FG%
New York - Reb 46.1 Reb
Oklahoma City - Reb 41.4 Reb
Oklahoma City Oklahoma City Off vs  New York New York Defense
Oklahoma City Off vs New York - Points For 105.8 Points For
Oklahoma City Off vs New York - Points Against 109.1 Points Against
Oklahoma City - FG% 44.9 FG%
New York - FG% 45.3 FG%
Oklahoma City - Reb 46.2 Reb
New York - Reb 44.8 Reb