WHITE PLAINS, NY, November 14, 2017 – The Westchester Knicks (3-3), the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knickerbockers, fell 112-109 to the Raptors 905 (3-3), the Toronto Raptors’ affiliate in an early matchup up north.
Knicks Two-Way player Luke Kornet had 24 points on 9-of-18 shooting from the field with five three-pointers, 16 of which came in the first half. Knicks affiliate player Trey Burke also tallied 24 points, adding four assists. His fellow affiliate, Canada native Xavier Rathan-Mayes, had nine first-quarter dimes and finished with 14 assists to go along with 12 points and eight rebounds for a solid double-double. Affiliate Nigel Hayes tallied 20 points, nine of them in the third quarter, while grabbing five boards. Guard Paul Watson added 13 points off the bench on 3-for-3 shooting from three-point range, going 5-for-5 from the field.
Raptors Two-Way player Lorenzo Brown paced the Raptors 905 with 29 points, seven assists, and six rebounds. On assignment from Toronto, forward Bruno Caboclo finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while center Kennedy Meeks added 18 points and seven rebounds.
After a back-and-forth first quarter, Paul Watson nailed back-to-back threes to give Westchester a 27-24 advantage at the end of one. Westchester shot 10-for-14 from three in the first half and held a 61-49 advantage going into the break.
Raptors 905 came out firing in the third, beginning the quarter on a 16-4 run to tie the game at 65. The home team took its first lead of the second half when Kennedy Meeks hooked a shot home to make it 73-72. The Toronto G League affiliate outscored Westchester 34-20 in the third quarter to hold an 83-81 advantage heading into the final frame.
The 905 took a three-point lead with 10.9 seconds on the clock off two made free throws from Bruno Caboclo. After the Raptors hit a delay of game free throw, Westchester’s Xavier-Rathan Mayes sank a three with 7.7 seconds on the clock to make the score 109-108 Raptors. Luke Kornet spilt a pair of free throws and the Knicks trailed by one with 6.0 seconds left. Davion Berry then hit a pair from the charity stripe to make the score 112-109. The Knicks’ Trey Burke had a chance to send the game to overtime at the buzzer, but his corner triple was off the mark as the Knicks ultimately fell to the Raptors by three.
The Westchester Knicks return home to the historic Westchester County Center on Friday, Nov. 17 to host the Greensboro Swarm, the Charlotte Hornets’ affiliate, at 7:00 p.m. ET. Fans can stream the game live via MSG GO and Facebook Live.