O.J. Mayo scored 22 points, Brandon Knight had 20 points and six steals, and the Milwaukee Bucks routed New York, 95-79, on Thursday night in the NBA’s annual London game, extending the Knicks’ franchise-record losing streak to 16.
The Knicks missed their first 10 shots — three in a six-second span — and gave up 14 offensive rebounds, 10 in the first half. The Bucks took a 12-0 lead, were up by 24 in the second quarter and never let New York closer than 11 the rest of the way.
The return of Carmelo Anthony (25 points) and Amare Stoudemire did little to spark New York. Anthony missed the previous six games because of a knee problem, and Stoudemire had been sidelined since Dec. 25, also with a knee injury.
At Houston 112, Oklahoma City 101: James Harden scored 15 of his 31 points in the Rockets’ big first quarter: They took a 40-18 lead and didn’t trail again.
Harden came just short of a triple-double with 10 assists and nine rebounds. It was the 17th 30-point game this season for Harden, who leads the NBA in scoring.
Trevor Ariza added 17 points and four steals for Houston. It was the 200th win of Coach Kevin McHale’s career.
Kevin Durant had 24 points and 10 rebounds for the Thunder, which has lost three of its last four games.