Knicks Fall to Bulls in Sunday Matinee

By ahawleyalexander | March 20, 2022

HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL – March 20, 2022 – The Westchester Knicks, the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knicks, were overcome by the Windy City Bulls 124-118, on Sunday afternoon at NOW Arena.

Six players scored in double-digits for the Knicks (13-13), with Tyler Hall (returning rights) leading the way for the second-straight game with 25 points, on 6-12 shooting from three, a career-high tying eight assists, and six rebounds. Dewan Hernandez (returning rights) dropped his 14th double-double of the season with 20 points and 10 boards. MJ Walker (Affiliate) contributed 17 points and six assists. In his debut with the team, Feron Hunt (Two-Way) chipped in with 16 points and eight rebounds. Coming off the bench, Aamir Simms (Affiliate) scored 13 points.

Windy City (13-16) was led by 25 points from Devon Dotson. Marko Simonovic had 23 points and 11 rebounds, while Jeremy Pargo and Malcolm Hill each went for 16 points.

Hall hit a triple to open the contest, and the visitors used a 12-2 run early in the first to take the first double-digit advantage of the game, 18-6 with 7:48 on the clock. The lead hovered around 10 for the rest of the quarter, with the score 33-25 after one.

The Knicks continued their red-hot shooting in the second, using another 12-2 run toward the middle of the period to push the lead to 52-35 with 7:09 remaining in the quarter. Westchester’s lead ballooned to 19, 70-51, with 73 seconds left in the half, and the guests took a 70-55 edge to the locker room.

After the teams traded baskets for most of the third, the hosts made things interesting, cutting the deficit to five, 97-92, with 1:39 to play in the period. Westchester held a 101-92 lead after three.

In the final frame, the Bulls came back to tie the contest three times with less than five minutes to play, and took their first lead of the game, 118-116, with 2:08 remaining. The Knicks went cold and the home team ended the game at the charity stripe to wrap the contest.

Westchester is currently in eighth place in the Eastern Conference and trails the Grand Rapids Gold by two and a half games for the final spot in the 2022 NBA G League Playoffs.

The Knicks will return home to welcome the Grand Rapids Gold tomorrow, March 21 at 7 PM ET.