WHITE PLAINS, NY, January 17, 2018 – The Westchester Knicks (20-10), the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knickerbockers, has officially won twice as many games as it’s lost, securing its spot at the top of the league for another night with a 98-90 win over the Long Island Nets (14-13), the Brooklyn Nets’ affiliate.
New York Knicks assignee Damyean Dotson had the best NBA G League performance of his career with a game-high 27 points, just missing a double-double with nine rebounds. Knicks Two-Way player Luke Kornet supplied 18 points with four rebounds, going 6-for-8 and hitting 3-of-3 from the arc. Knicks affiliate Xavier Rathan-Mayes finished with 14 points, seven assists, six rebounds, and four steals in the win, while Billy Garrett provided 14 points and four rebounds from the pine.
Nets Two-Way player Milton Doyle paced Long Island with 18 points while the bench combined for 45 points led by Two-Way player James Webb II along with Thomas Wimbush, each of whom had 15. Brooklyn Nets assignee Isaiah Whitehead finished with 11 points, five each of rebounds and assists, and three steals. Guard Shannon Scott also supplied 11 points while center Kamari Murphy grabbed 10 rebounds.
Long Island began the game with a three-shooting frenzy, taking 12 shot attempts behind the arc to the Knicks’ five. Unfortunately for the Nets, both teams hit three of those shots with Westchester also hitting 48 percent overall to Long Island’s 33 percent. With a six-point advantage heading into the second, the Knicks stayed steady but gave up 12 points in turnovers while the Nets began to find its footing with a 30-point quarter. At the half, the teams were knotted at 49.
Neither team fared well in the third, the Nets managing just 18 points and the Knicks 21. The largest lead of the quarter was just five points, with a three-point differential in Westchester’s favor heading to the final quarter. It looked as though the Knicks would run away with the win as it amassed a nine-point lead with 3:05 to go. A quick 7-0 run from Long Island kept things exciting as it was a one-possession game with under a minute to go, but that’s where it would end as Westchester scored another six points in free throws to take the 98-90 win.
The Westchester Knicks hit the road for a two-game series against the Maine Red Claws, the Boston Celtics’ affiliate, beginning with a 7:00 p.m. matchup tomorrow, Jan. 18. The game will be broadcast live on MSG 2 and streamed live via Facebook Live.