The Knicks defeat OKC after a less than thrilling first quarter

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After a slow effort in Thursday’s 33-point defeat to the Milwaukee Bucks, the Knicks slowly walked out of the gates on Saturday, forcing Tom Thibodeau to call an early timeout with OKC out for a 7-2 opening lead.

But Julius Randle played his part to help the Knicks, scoring eight points in the fourth. Novice Immanuel Quickley also hit a couple of his patented floats in the period (scoring six points in all), but the Thunder maintained a 31-22-after-one lead, as the Knicks allowed them to fire a whopping 70.6 percent off the floor.