MISSISSAUGA, ON, January 12, 2018 – The Westchester Knicks (19-10), the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knickerbockers, split its 2018 NBA G League Showcase performance 1-1 with a dominating 116-97 win tonight over the Agua Caliente Clippers (14-13), the Los Angeles Clippers’ affiliate.
Seven Knicks finished in double figures in the win. Knicks affiliate Xavier Rathan-Mayes notched his second triple-double of the season, the team’s second-ever, with 16 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds. On assignment from the New York Knicks, Damyean Dotson supplied 19 points with six rebounds. Knicks Two-Way player Luke Kornet finished with 18 points, seven rebounds, five assists, and two blocks, while Two-Way player Isaiah Hicks had 14 points, seven rebounds, and six blocked shots. From the bench, Billy Garret provided 17 points, hitting three-of-three from beyond the arc, while Adam Woodbury contributed 12 points. Knicks affiliate Nigel Hayes capped his night with 15 points, five assists, and four rebounds.
Ike Iroegbu paced the Clippers with 22 points, adding seven each of rebounds and assists. LaDontae Henton provided 17 points and six rebounds, Brice Johnson supplied 14 points with five rebounds, and from the pine, Tyler Roberson knocked in 16 points with five rebounds.
After the teams traded leads for the first three minutes of the game, the Knicks used some small spurts to stay ahead – but by no more than five points – up until the final two minutes. Going on an 8-2 run, Westchester widened the gap to finish the quarter ahead of Agua Caliente by nine points. The second quarter started much like the first, with the teams trading buckets before Westchester went on another tear of 11-0 to go up by as many as 19 points. Though the Clippers regained its footing to finish the half, the Knicks’ lead was far established as it ended with a 15-point advantage.
The Knicks extended its lead back to 19, then up to as many as 24 in the third. With Westchester shooting 63.6 percent from the field and Knicks assignee Damyean Dotson supplying 11 points, Agua Caliente’s hole was 21 points deep heading into the fourth. Though the Clippers won the final quarter 30-28, Westchester’s domination was too deep, at one point by 29. A rally attempt towards the end fell short as the Clippers ultimately fell 116-97.
The Westchester Knicks return home to the historic Westchester County Center on Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 7:00 p.m. to host the Long Island Nets, the Brooklyn Nets’ affiliate, for the team’s annual Garden of Dreams Night. Children from Westchester-based Garden of Dreams Foundation partner organizations such as Make-A-Wish Lower Hudson Valley, The Children’s’ Village, and Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital will take part in special experiences throughout the game such as ‘honorary coach,’ ‘honorary Westchester Knicks Dancer,’ and ‘honorary broadcaster.’ The game will be streamed live on Facebook Live.