GRAND RAPIDS, MI – December 15, 2018 – The Westchester Knicks (14-5), the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knicks, relinquished its convincing lead in waning time but took overtime, 119-117, over the Grand Rapids Drive (6-8) Saturday evening at DeltaPlex Arena.
John Jenkins scored 40 points, his second 40-point game of the season, on 54.2-percent shooting and drained six triples. Kadeem Allen, whose 4-0 run closed out the victory, scored 15 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished four assists. Zak Irvin tallied eight points, tied a game-high 11 boards and dished a team-high and career-high five dimes.
Kenneth Smith (24) and Todd Withers (21) led the Drive in scoring. Smith also added 12 assists, the most by a Knicks opponent this season, while Johnny Hamilton collected 11 boards.
The Knicks traded a 13-point third-quarter lead for a competitive late fourth quarter. Billy Garrett free-throws helped carry the Knicks into overtime as Westchester saw the Drive outscore them 28-21 in the window.
Keenan Evans drained a three to put the Drive ahead in the extra session and a Hamilton free-throw kept the Drive up one. However, Allen’s pair of free-throws and runner on back-to-back Knicks’ possessions pushed the Knicks ahead for good.
Westchester heads to the NBA G League Showcase in Las Vegas for a pair of opponents. The Knicks will clash with the Iowa Wolves on Wednesday, December 19. The Austin Spurs will then get a try at Westchester, Friday, December 21.