GREENSBORO, NC – March 25, 2022 – The Westchester Knicks, the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knicks, let the Greensboro Swarm get away, 112-100, Friday night at Greensboro Coliseum Fieldhouse. Westchester sits in ninth place in the Eastern Conference and trails the Long Island Nets by 1.5 games for the final spot in the 2022 NBA G League Playoffs.
Louis King (returning rights) had 21 points at the intermission for the Knicks (14-14) and tacked on an additional seven for a team-best 28 points mirroring his season-high. The forward’s line also included 4 three-pointers, five boards, four helpers and four thefts in 40 minutes. Two-Way Player, Feron Hunt, registered 16 points, six rebounds, four assists and two blocks in his third game with Westchester. After being sidelined due to injury last game, Tra Holder (available player pool) put up 12 points in his return but more impressively rewrote career-highs in rebounds (9) and steals (5). Dewan Hernandez (returning rights) and Allen Crabbe (waivers) recorded 11 and 10 respective points to seal the Knicks’ double-digit scoring.
For Greensboro (8-21), James Bouknight finished with a double-double comprised of 22 points and 10 dimes. Jalen Crutcher gave a 19-point effort off the bench and Arnoldas Kulboka poured in 18 points.
The first 12 minutes were leveled with each club putting up 28 points. The Knicks custodied a 13-point lead inside the first quarter frame which was their largest all game. In the second quarter, the Swarm were outscored by four and trailed the visitors 56-52 at the break. Westchester forced 12 Greensboro miscues and capitalized for 18 points while its seven turnovers translated to just three points for the Swarm. All five of Holder’s steals, which were half of the team’s total, came in this half.
Following three ties to welcome the third quarter, the Swarm used a 16-4 run to separate themselves from the Knicks spanning from the 6:13-2:16 mark of the frame to take an 83-71 advantage. Westchester would close in on the gap by eight before the fourth quarter’s start.
After four minutes in the final segment, Westchester got back within one and again with 7:44 to go. From there, Greensboro scored on its next three possessions, 95-89, and despite two more turnovers quickly after, it kept Westchester at bay forcing them into a string of misfires disallowing them to capitalize. With momentum on its side, Greensboro led by 10 points or more for all but 29 seconds in the final three minutes to slip away with the victory.
Sunday, March 27 presents another much-needed opportunity for Westchester as it faces the Cleveland Charge at 2:00 PM ET at Wolstein Center.