Fourth double-double for Steven Adams as OKC Thunder top Knicks in New York
It was Russell Westbrook's night beneath the bright lights of Madison Square Garden, but Steven Adams once again excelled playing Robin to the Oklahoma City Thunder's undisputed Batman.
Westbrook logged his eighth triple-double of the season, and his third in a row, as the Thunder defeated the New York Knicks 112-103 in Gotham to improve to 11-8 for the season.
It was the Thunder's third straight victory and took their road record to 4-4 as they snapped a six-game home win streak by Carmelo Anthony's Knicks.
Westbrook was the undoubted star of the show in New York as he finished with a stat-stuffing 27 points (9/23 FG, 2/3 3PT), 18 rebounds, 14 assists and a pair of steals to take his season averages into triple-double territory for the first time (30.9 points, 11.3 assists, 10.3 rebounds).
No one has averaged a triple double in the NBA since the great Oscar Robertson achieved it in just his second season in 1961-62.
Westbrook did have seven turnovers, but the Knicks had no answer to his power game as the point guard led his team to a much-needed road victory to underline their spot at the top of the Western Conference's Northwest division.
He had 14 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists at halftime as the Thunder turned a 24-29 first-period deficit into a 58-55 lead.
The visitors extended their advantage to 88-81 after three and though the Knicks closed to within a bucket with three and a-half minutes remaining, OKC closed out the win comfortably.
Adams weighed in nicely with his fourth double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
The 23-year-old Kiwi made seven of his 11 shots and had six points inside two minutes early in the third period, including hook shots with either hand.
Enes Kanter also played a valuable hand for the Thunder with a season-high 27 points and 10 rebounds off the bench. The big Turk made 12 of his 17 shots as he had his way with the Knicks inside.
Kanter and Adams played a major role in a 66-46 advantage for OKC in points in the paint, with the visitors also outscoring their hosts 48-19 in bench scoring.
Anthony Morrow added 14 points and Andre Roberson 10 for the Thunder who next up host the Washington Wizards on Thursday (NZT).
The Knicks were paced by a season-best 30 points from Derrick Rose, while Kristaps Porzingis added 21 and Carmelo Anthony 18 on four-of-19 shooting.