The Knicks lost. Some fans chanted “sell the team.” Wash, rinse, repeat.
Friday featured an all-too-familiar scene at the Garden, with the Knicks getting blown out by the Thunder, 126-103, in a lackluster effort.
The only thing different this time was the non-stop music in the final minutes of the game. The Knicks went quietly, but the music blaring throughout the arena — seemingly to drown out the faint “sell the team” chants that had first started from the nosebleeds earlier in the quarter — did not. The songs kept playing during the action, even through a pair of Bobby Portis free throws with 1:05 left.
“I was thinking that in my head, like, ‘Damn, this is crazy,’ ” Portis, who made both free throws, told The Post. “It didn’t bother me, but it was just crazy. … Most times, especially when you’re at home, there’s no music playing.
“The same theme kept repeating. I don’t know, it was like a scary movie.”
The same could be said about the Knicks’ season after they lost for the eighth time in 10 games, with owner James Dolan sitting courtside next to branding consultant Steve Stoute.
If nothing else, the Knicks (19-44) got a first-hand reminder that Chris Paul can still play, as the potential summer trade target had a strong showing in front of his former agent and new Knicks president Leon Rose. The 34-year-old Paul finished with 21 points on efficient 8-for-13 shooting, with 12 assists and three rebounds.
Paul’s deep 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter opened up a 30-point lead for the Thunder (39-24) at 108-78. It came after former Knicks lottery pick Danilo Gallinari, who racked up 22 points, put the Thunder ahead by 20 points with another 3 in the third quarter.
As if that weren’t enough, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander — a budding guard who was drafted two picks after the Knicks took fellow Kentucky product Kevin Knox in 2018 — finished with 18 points, five assists and three rebounds.
“I don’t think we took away much,” Knicks interim coach Mike Miller said. “I think they got everything. From the way I saw it during the game … the first 10 minutes of the first quarter, I thought we were pretty solid and pretty locked in. From that point on, we had a lot of slippage.”
The Knicks struggled to keep up, going 0-for-8 from deep in the first half and finishing 4-for-24 from beyond the arc. Miller thought the Knicks’ offensive struggles bled over into their defensive woes, as some heads started to hang.
“That’s a hard thing,” Miller said. “You have to fight that. You’re going to have nights where you go out there and you don’t make a lot of shots to start the game. You gotta hang in there until you can find a rhythm and get some points and get a flow going. I do think we hit a stretch in the second quarter, for sure, that our offense affected our defense.”
Elfrid Payton (18 points, eight assists, nine rebounds) and RJ Barrett (17 points) paced the Knicks.
The Thunder closed the first quarter on a 13-3 run to take a 27-20 lead. A dunk from Mitchell Robinson, who made his return from a one-game absence due to a hamstring strain, pulled the Knicks within 36-34 early in the second, but that was as close as they got the rest of the night.
“Every team has a night like that [shooting],” Barrett said. “But when you’re not hitting shots together, you gotta figure out other ways to win. We didn’t do that tonight.”