by Jonah Ballow
NYKnicks.com
@jonahballow

How It Happened:
Without Kristaps Porzingis in the lineup, the Knicks managed to control a majority of the contest in Carmelo Anthony’s return to MSG.  The home team found the offensive production from Michael Beasley and the home team was extremely efficient en route to its fourth straight victory.  New York avenged the season opening defeat to the Thunder by holding Russell Westbrook relatively in-check with 25 points while Anthony and Paul George only combined for 30.  The final quarter proved to be a pivotal as Oklahoma City attempted a comeback.  Doug McDermott and company helped to stave off the Thunder by outscoring the road team 31-23 in that fourth period.  New York improved to 16-13 overall and 14-5 at home this season.

Knick of the Night:
Beasley tied a season-high with 30 points on 11-of-18 shooting from the floor to go along with five boards and four assists in 37 minutes of action. 

Notables:
McDermott hit 3-of-5 from deep range (13 points), Courtney Lee finished with 20 points, Ron Baker added 11 off the bench, and Jarrett Jack grabbed eight rebounds and dished out seven dimes in the win.

Statistically Speaking:
New York was incredibly sharp on Saturday night.  The orange and blue connected on 55.1 percent of its shots from the field, 60.9 percent from downtown, and 80.8 percent at the charity stripe.

News and Notes:
Porzingis left Thursday’s game in Brooklyn with a sore left knee.  He did not suit up on Saturday and his status is unclear for Monday’s game.

Next Up:
The Knicks will hit the road on Sunday afternoon to Charlotte and square off against the Hornets on Monday evening.  Watch all the action on MSG Network at 7:00 pm.