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Knicks hope to have Melo in Christmas showdown with OKC

(SportsNetwork.com) - Will Carmelo Anthony be able to go for the New York Knicks Christmas afternoon when they host the Oklahoma City Thunder at Madison Square Garden?

Anthony sprained his left ankle in the third quarter of New York's 103-98 victory in Orlando on Monday night. The Knicks were up 20 points when Anthony hobbled off and his presence for Wednesday afternoon is unknown.

"I don't want to miss that game," he said. "It's Christmas Day at the Garden. I'll be there. Hopefully, I'll be there."

Anthony wasn't the only Knick to go down to injury in Atlanta. Raymond Felton, who returned from a left hamstring injury on Monday, felt a pop in his right groin and left in the fourth quarter.

Anthony was still the Knicks' leading scorer on Monday with 19 points. J.R. Smith came off the bench with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Tyson Chandler also registered a double-double with 10 points and 13 boards.

Andrea Bargnani, Felton and Beno Udrih also scored in double figures.

The Knicks are just 4-10 at home this season, which ties them with the Detroit Pistons for second most home losses in the Eastern Conference. Only the Milwaukee Bucks have more setbacks in their own building in the East.

The Oklahoma City Thunder had a nine-game winning streak snapped last time out, so they'll be ready for their Christmas showdown at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday.

The Thunder hadn't lost since Dec. 4 at Portland until the Toronto Raptors came into Oklahoma City and knocked off the Thunder, 104-98 on Sunday. It was OKC's first home loss of the season.

"They made enough plays down the stretch and we didn't," said Thunder head coach Scott Brooks. "We got a lot of open looks that we just didn't make and we gave them easier looks in the fourth than we did in the third."

Kevin Durant tied the game with 1:39 left, but the Raptors scored the final six points of the contest.

Russell Westbrook had 27 points, nine rebounds and five assists, while Durant added 24 points and eight boards for the Thunder, who shot under 37 percent for the game and committed 19 turnovers.

The two All-Stars for OKC were the only two players in double figures.

The Thunder still have a five-game road winning streak to defend. They will visit Charlotte on Friday.

The Knicks have a streak they'd like to see come to an end on Christmas. They are 0-3 this season in afternoon tilts and two of those losses came in true blowout fashion.

The Thunder have won six of the last eight meetings between the two teams. Oklahoma City has taken two of the last three trips to Madison Square Garden.

12/25 10:37:19 ET

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2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
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y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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