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Knicks Draw Iowa in First Test at 2018 G League Showcase

By ahawleyalexander | December 19, 2018

WESTCHESTER KNICKS (14-5) vs. IOWA WOLVES (6-11)
Wednesday, December 19 • Las Vegas, NV (Mandalay Bay Events Center)
6:30 PM
2018 NBA G League Winter Showcase

On December 15, 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. They will face the Iowa Wolves in their first game of the 2018 NBA G League Winter Showcase Wednesday.

QUICK HITS

John Jenkins is the Knicks leading scorer (27.3 ppg).

John Jenkins is slotted second in the G League with 27.3 ppg (as of 12/17).

Isaiah Hicks is the Knicks leading rebounder (8.1 rpg).

Isaiah Hicks is 27th in the G League with 8.1 rpg (as of 12/17).

Kadeem Allen leads Westchester is assists (5.5 apg).

Kadeem Allen is 23rd in the G League with 5.5 apg (as of 12/17).

Kadeem Allen leads Westchester in steals (1.7 spg).

Isaiah Hicks leads the Knicks in blocks (1.9 bpg).

Westchester is third in the G League shooting 48.4-percent from the field (as of 12/17).

Westchester is fifth in the G League with 47.7 rpg (as of 12/17).

Westchester is fifth in the G League with 6.2 bpg (as of 12/17).

Westchester is 3-2 in its last five contests.

Westchester is 8-2 in its last 10 contests.

Westchester is 5-2 in the month of December.

Westchester is 8-2 on the road.

INJURY REPORT

Isaiah Hicks (left ankle) is probable.

LAST TIME OUT

On December 15, 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.

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 Johnny 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.

FORTY FORTY CLUB

John Jenkins scored 40 points against Grand Rapids (12/15) which tabbed the second time this season he scored that much. He tallied 41 points against Lakeland (11/10). On Saturday, Jenkins netted a career-high 13 field goals, went a perfect 8-for-8 at the charity stripe, his third most makes at the line this season, and shot 54.5-percent from downtown. After averaging 14.5 points in his first two games following his return from FIBA World Cup Qualifiers, Jenkins has averaged 33 points in his two most recent contests.

MAKING THE MOST OF IT

Kadeem Allen struggled to hit shots against Grand Rapids (12/15) going just 3-for-11 (25%) and failing to swish a three. However, the guard tied his career-high nine free-throw makes, crashed the boards eight times, dished four assists and committed just one turnover in almost 28 minutes of action.

THAT WAS CLOSE

Westchester’s two-point margin of victory over Grand Rapids (12/15) was its smallest margin of victory this season. Westchester has won by three twice and has falling by as low as five points once.

ZAK ATTACK

Zak Irvin grabbed a near career-high 11 rebounds against Grand Rapids Drive (12/15). This included four on the offensive glass. However, his five dimes did establish a new career-high. In almost 37 minutes, Irvin only committed one turnover.

A BIT OF EVERYTHING

Through Westchester’s last four games Billy Garrett averaged 16.8 points, 6.5 made field goals, 3.3 made free-throws, 4.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists.

RIPE AT THE STRIPE

Westchester sank 33 free throws of its 34 as a team (97.1%) against the Grand Rapids Drive (12/15). Those makes marked a season-high by the team. Kadeem Allen (9-for-10), John Jenkins (8-for-8) and Trevon Bluiett (7-for-7) led the Knicks at the charity stripe.

LAST TWO FOR TRE

Since Trevon Bluiett failed to score against Lakeland (12/11), the guard has averaged 20 points, 6.5 made field goals, 2.3 made three-pointers, 3.5 made free-throws, 6.5 rebounds and just 1.5 turnovers.

kaDEEMed FOR GREATNESS

Kadeem Allen has been on the attack as of late finding various ways to impact that game. He has scored on nine baskets in four of Westchester’s last six games and averages 7.3 made field goals in the span. Before, Grand Rapids (12/15), Allen shot 57.7-percent (41-for-71) in the five games prior. Considering those same five games, Allen averaged 2.4 free-throw attempts (has only missed one). Against Grand Rapids, he made 10 trips to the line.

In the six-game span, Allen is averaging 2.2 offensive rebounds, 5.7 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.5 steals, 0.5 blocks per game.

SERVING RESERVES

The Westchester bench generated 53 of the team’s 119 total points against Grand Rapids Drive (12/15). A game before that, against Fort Wayne (12/13), the Knicks’ bench totaled a season-high 62 points while the team scored 131 as a whole. In the last two games, the Knicks bench is accounting for 46-percent of the team’s offense.

FREE BASKETBALL

Westchester is undefeated in overtime games having gone 2-0. Grand Rapids (12/15) and Delaware (12/3) both endured extra basketball with the Knicks.

DOUBLE DIGIT ZIM

Stephen Zimmerman’s 12 points scored against Grand Rapids (12/15) marked the sixth time this season the center was able to reach double-figures. He has collected 10 rebounds on one occasion as well. In Westchester’s last four games, Zimmerman has shot 40-percent or better from the field.

OFF TO THE RACES

In Westchester’s three most recent contests, the Knicks are putting up 17.7 points in the open court. Before 12/11, the Knicks endured a five-game stretch where they only scored nine or fewer fastbreak points.

THAT WAS CLOSE

Westchester is 3-0 in games settled by three points or less.

SHOWCASE YOUR SKILLS

The 2018 MGM Resorts NBA G League Winter Showcase, the league’s premier in-season scouting event, will be played in Las Vegas from Dec. 19-22 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in promotion with Las Vegas Events.

The four-day, 27-game scouting event features the league’s 27 teams each playing two regular-season games in front of representatives from all 30 NBA teams.  For the first time, the event will be held in December, allowing NBA team personnel the opportunity to evaluate two-way and NBA G League talent in advance of the 10-day signing period and two-way guarantee deadline.  For the second consecutive season, the NBA G League Winter Showcase will be played across two courts with as many as seven games per day.