BRIDGEPORT, CT – March 21, 2022 – The Westchester Knicks, the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knicks, cruised to a 113-94 victory over the Grand Rapids Gold on Monday night at Total Mortgage Arena. With the win, Westchester ties for seventh place in the Eastern Conference and trails the Long Island Nets by one game for the final spot in the 2022 NBA G League Playoffs.
Dewan Hernandez (returning rights) led the Knicks (14-13) in scoring for the 10th time this season with 21 points and nine rebounds. Miles McBride (assignment) dropped 20 points for his ninth game doing so, while also setting a new career-high with 18 assists. In his second game with the squad, Feron Hunt (Two-Way) had 18 points and seven rebounds. Louis King (returning rights) stuffed the stat sheet with 16 points, a career-high six steals, six rebounds, and four assists.
The Gold (16-12) were led by 22 points from Kelan Martin. Petr Cornelie had 15 points and 19 rebounds, while Giorgi Bezhanishvili went for 12 points.
McBride threw an alley-oop to Hunt to start a back-and-forth opening quarter that saw five ties and seven lead changes. The visitors led 33-29 after one.
Grand Rapids led by 43-33 just over two minutes into the second before Westchester caught fire rattling off 12 unanswered points. Subsequently, the Knicks regained advantage 45-43 with six minutes to before the break. The teams went on to trade buckets for the rest of the half, with the Gold clutching a 64-63 edge to the locker room.
With 8:13 left in the third and Grand Rapids clinging to a 71-66 lead, Westchester used a 13-0 barrage to boast a 79-71 advantage by 5:58 of the quarter. The Knicks saw their first double-digit lead, 88-77, with 2:21 to go in the frame, and led 90-79 after three.
In the final 12 minutes, the hosts did not let up, maintaining a double-digit advantage the rest of the way. 21 points dubbed the Knicks largest advantage evidenced at 2:03 mark of the fourth, 113-92, before resting on the 19-point victory.
After the Gold erupted for 64 points in the first half, Knicks contained the foe to just a 30-point output in the second half while tacking on 50 points of its own.
The Knicks will get a few days before taking on the Greensboro Swarm on Friday, March 25 at 7 PM ET.