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Westchester Knicks Smell the Flowers in Win Over Reno Bighorns

By Katie Hatch | December 13, 2017

RENO, NV, December 12, 2017 – The Westchester Knicks (12-5), the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knickerbockers, moved to 7-1 on the road with a 116-106 win over the Reno Bighorns, the Sacramento Kings’ affiliate.

Reigning NBA G League Player of the Week Trey Burke led the way for Westchester, pouring in 32 points on top of seven rebounds, five assists, and three steals. Knicks affiliate Nigel Hayes notched a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds while grabbing four steals, his fellow affiliate player Xavier Rathan-Mayes supplying 15 points. The Knicks bench combined for 34 points led by Billy Garrett’s 14 and 10 each from Adam Woodbury and Jordan Downing.

Reno’s Aaron Harrison matched Burke with 32 points of his own while securing a double-double with 11 rebounds. Jack Cooley also hit a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while David Stockton came close with 10 points and eight assists.

The teams went shot-for-shot for the first ten minutes of the game, trading leads and staying close in score. But the Knicks dominated the final two minutes of the quarter, going on a 10-2 run including a buzzer-beating three by Westchester’s Billy Garrett to end the quarter up by nine. Reno made a respectable showing in the second, but Westchester had an answer for every Bighorns bucket and the Knicks stretched its lead to 11 at the half.

Westchester ran up as much as a 17-point lead in the third, but the Bighorns chipped away and made a late charge, ending the quarter on a 7-1 run to pull within seven. Reno made it a three-point game at the eight-minute mark and again with 5:29 on the clock, at which point scoring was halted for both teams for the next three and a half minutes. When a bucket was finally made from Reno’s Brandon Austin, the Bighorns were within one, but that would be the last points scored for the home team as Westchester went on to put up nine more, securing the 116-106 win.

The Westchester Knicks head to California next as the team continues its four-game West Coast road trip, facing the South Bay Lakers, the Los Angeles Lakers’ affiliate, on Friday, Dec. 15 at 10:00 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on MSG 2 and will also be available streaming live via MSG GO and Facebook Live.

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