Tuesday, December 12, 2017
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Thunder loses Westbrook to injured knee

OKLAHOMA CITY — All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook will have surgery on cartilage in his right knee and is out indefinitely, dealing a harsh blow to the Thunder's title chances.

General manager Sam Presti said Friday that the Thunder had not scheduled Westbrook's surgery and would not have a timeline until after the procedure. No one would rule out Westbrook's possible return if Oklahoma City keeps advancing, and All-Star Kevin Durant only said his teammates "hope" Westbrook can play again this postseason.

"We're not trying to rush him or bring him back ahead of schedule. We want to make sure he's healthy and his knee is right," Durant said. "That's our only concern with it right now."

The three-time All-Star was hurt Wednesday night in Game 2 against Houston. Rookie Patrick Beverley lunged for a steal in the second quarter and his hip collided with Westbrook's knee.

Beverley called Westbrook's injury "unfortunate" and said Oklahoma City is still dangerous without him.

Westbrook averaged 24 points and seven assists in the first two games, both won by top-seeded Oklahoma City.

Knicks quiet Celtics

BOSTON — The Knicks quieted the crowd and kept the Celtics silent. Now only the greatest collapse in league history would prevent them from reaching the second round.

Carmelo Anthony had 26 points and New York moved to the brink of its first series victory in 13 years, routing Boston 90-76 for a 3-0 lead in the first-round Eastern Conference series.

Quickly taking the crowd out of it in the first NBA game here since the Boston Marathon bombings, the Knicks led by 16 at halftime and are on the verge of sweeping the Celtics.

"That first quarter on the road, you've got to make sure you take that first punch and we did that," Knicks veteran Jason Kidd said.

Raymond Felton added 15 points and 10 assists for the Knicks, who haven't advanced in the playoffs since reaching the 2000 Eastern final. They will go for the sweep Sunday afternoon in Boston.

They'll have to hope they have J.R. Smith, who threw an elbow into Jason Terry's face with 7:06 left and was ejected. The league office will review the play and can fine or suspend Smith.

Wade status: The Heat is keeping a close eye on Dwyane Wade and his aching knee. Coach Erik Spoelstra said he wants to see how the star guard feels after treatment before determining his status for Sunday's Game 4 at Milwaukee.

Around the league: Warriors point guard Stephen Curry started late Friday in Game 3 against the Nuggets despite a sprained left ankle. … The Nets signed general manager Billy King to a contract extension.

Late Thursday: Grizzlies back in series

MEMPHIS — Quincy Pondexter, a backup forward, had 10 of his 13 points in the second half, including eight in the final quarter, as host Memphis beat the Clippers 94-82 and pulled within 2-1 in their West first-round series. Memphis coach Lionel Hollins protected an early lead with five reserves on the court. Zach Randolph led Memphis with 27 points and 11 rebounds.

Knicks 90, Celtics 76

NEW YORK (90): Shumpert 1-5 1-2 4, Anthony 12-25 0-0 26, Chandler 3-4 0-0 6, Prigioni 3-6 0-0 9, Felton 7-14 0-1 15, Smith 6-12 1-3 15, Martin 2-4 1-2 5, Kidd 0-1 0-0 0, Novak 3-4 0-0 8, J.White 1-1 0-0 2, Copeland 0-0 0-0 0, Richardson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 38-76 3-8 90.

BOSTON (76): Pierce 6-15 5-6 17, Green 8-17 3-4 21, Garnett 5-13 2-2 12, Bradley 1-4 0-0 2, Terry 4-9 3-4 14, Bass 1-5 1-2 3, Lee 1-2 0-0 2, Crawford 2-5 0-0 5, Williams 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-70 14-18 76.

New York 23 24 21 22— 90

Boston 18 13 21 24— 76

3-Point GoalsNew York 11-27 (Prigioni 3-6, Novak 2-3, Smith 2-5, Anthony 2-6, Felton 1-3, Shumpert 1-3, Kidd 0-1), Boston 6-19 (Terry 3-5, Green 2-5, Crawford 1-2, Garnett 0-1, Bradley 0-2, Pierce 0-4). ReboundsNew York 42 (Chandler, Shumpert 8), Boston 47 (Garnett 17). AssistsNew York 22 (Felton 10), Boston 14 (Pierce 5). FoulsNew York 19, Boston 14. Flagrant Fouls—Smith. Ejected—Smith. A18,624 (18,624).

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