STOCKTON, CA– March 14, 2023 – The Westchester Knicks, the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knicks, were edged by the Santa Cruz Warriors, were defeated by the Stockton Kings, 135-123, at Stockton Arena Tuesday night.
MJ Walker (returning rights) led the Knicks with a career-high 30 points while shooting 57-percent from the field (13-23), three rebounds, and two assists. Justin Wright-Foreman (returning rights) picked up a double-double with a season-high 26 points and career-high 12 assists. Dmytro Skapintsev (tryout) had 16 points on 62-percent from the field (8-13) and eight boards. Obadiah Noel (available player pool) added 13 points on 83-percent from the field (5-6) while collecting four rebounds and three assists. Quinton Rose (returning rights) delivered 12 points and brought in four rebounds. Jalen Johnson (tryout) dropped 13 points.
Trey Burke led the Kings (22-6) with a season-high 40 points and shot 78-percent from three-point range (7-9). Keon Ellis added 23 points on 75-percent from the field (9-12) along with seven rebounds. Alex O’Connell delivered a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
The Kings were up 39-28 at the end of the first quarter. The Knicks erased a 12-point second quarter deficit to lead by as many as six with just under six minutes remaining in the half. Westchester (9-18) was able to outscore the Kings, 44-34, in the second quarter to only be down at halftime 73-72.
The Knicks were able to keep pace with the Kings as they led by as many as four in the third quarter. Both teams headed into the fourth quarter tied at 102. The Kings were able to strengthen a fourth quarter lead by going on an early 7-0 run within the first two minutes. Westchester was not able to close the gap as they could not get within five points with five minutes left in regulation.
Thursday, March 16, the Knicks play their final regular season home game at Total Mortgage Arena against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants at 7 PM ET.