A Pair of 20-Point Performances Not Enough Against Nets

By ahawleyalexander | February 17, 2021

REUNION, FL – February 17, 2021 – The swingmen duo of Ignas Brazdeikis and Louis King of the Westchester Knicks, the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knicks, contributed 24 and 22 points, respectively, but the Knicks dropped a 123-115 outcome to the Long Island Nets, Wednesday afternoon, at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort.

The first quarter reflected a 33-up line and despite the seven-point separation at half favoring the Nets (2-3), 66-59, the first half saw nine lead changes and nine even scores. The stark difference-Long Island shot 62.5-percent from three-point territory containing the Knicks to just 36.8-percent beyond the arc. Kaiser Gates shone by the intermission with a game-high 15 points for the Nets.

The third quarter mimicked slight role reversals with Westchester (2-3) owning a 66.7-percent clip from the outside while Long Island shot just 30-percent in the category. King shot perfect in the window going 5-for-5 from the floor and 3-for-3 from downtown for a game-high 13 points in the frame. The Knicks outscored the Nets by nine and at the conclusion, led by two 89-87.

The fourth quarter got away from the Knicks, though it did not start that way. In waning time, Long Island pinned a double-digit deficit to the Knicks and Westchester’s staggering offensive and defensive schemes dissolved any hint of a comeback.

Brazdeikis’ team-high 24-points were attained on 50-percent shooting (10-of-20) and accompanied by eight rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals. King’s 22 points were 57.1-percent shooting (8-of-14) and 50-percent from three in his return to the starting lineup.

For Long Island, Gates’ ended with 22 points. Reggie Perry’s 25 points lead all while he also grabbed 11 rebounds.