WHITE PLAINS, NY, December 8, 2017 – The Westchester Knicks (10-5), the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knickerbockers, defeated the Texas Legends (6-7), the Dallas Mavericks’ affiliate, with a final score of 116-112.
Knicks affiliate Xavier Rathan-Mayes notched Westchester’s first-ever triple-double with 12 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds. Trey Burke continued his run of leading the squad in scoring with 27 points, while Knicks Two-Way player Isaiah Hicks extended his season-long double-digit scoring streak with 24 points, hitting a double-double with 10 rebounds. Knicks Two-Way player also reached a double-double, providing 16 points and 10 rebounds. Nigel Hayes also had 10 rebounds, narrowly missing his double-double with nine points to go with four assists and three steals.
Legends center Jameel Warney led all scorers in the game with 30 points to go with 11 rebounds for a double-double. Justin Dentmon contributed 24 points with six assists in the loss, Brandon Ashley with 19 points and seven rebounds. Kyle Collinsworth supplied 15 points, Xavier Johnson coming off the bench with 10.
Texas put the first points on the board, but the first quarter belonged to the Knicks as the home team ran up a double-digit lead on five different occasions. Down but certainly not out, the Legends’ J.J. Avila scored a quick six points within the last 49 seconds and cut the deficit to four to end the quarter. Westchester picked right back up where they left off to start the second, as Paul Watson made a copycat performance of Avila by hitting back-to-back shots from beyond the arc, pushing the Knicks’ lead back to double digits. But just when Westchester was once again comfortable, Texas answered back with a 19-9 run to tie things back up. By the end of the half, the Knicks had regained a six-point lead, 61-55.
Things got interesting in the third quarter, as the power shifted to the visitors, the Legends regaining the lead early in the quarter and maintaining in for the majority. But a 9-2 run by the Knicks in the last couple of minutes set the game anew as the teams headed into the final quarter tied 83-83. The game came down to final 38.8 seconds with the Knicks up by one. Westchester’s Luke Kornet knocked down a shot attempt from Kyle Collinsworth before laying one in on the next possession. That would be the dagger to the Legends as Westchester went on to win 116-112.
The Westchester Knicks hit the road for a four-game road trip to the West Coast beginning with 5:00 p.m. ET matchup against the Northern Arizona Suns, the Phoenix Suns’ affiliate. The game will be available streaming via MSG GO and Facebook Live.