WHITE PLAINS, NY – December 4, 2019 – The Westchester Knicks, the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knicks, battled back in the fourth quarter and bested the Santa Cruz Warriors, 104-100, Wednesday evening at Westchester County Center.
The Knicks (3-7) fell behind by as many as 10 points in the first half, and by the third quarter, managed to trim their deficit to just four by the fourth quarter’s commencement.
Andrew Harrison netted a 28-footer to put the Warriors back up seven within the first minute of the final period. However, that would be the last offensive tally for the visitors until the 6:44 mark. Amid the Warriors (5-6) near four-minute scoring drought, Westchester emitted 15 uninterrupted points led by New York Knicks’ assignee, Ignas Brazdeikis, Two-Way player, Kadeem Allen, and Zak Irvin who each recorded four points in the span, 89-81.
Harrison drove to the basket punctuating Westchester’s offensive outpour, seeing the Warriors behind just six, 89-83 with just under seven minutes to play. Both teams traded a basket over the next minute before Allen was hacked and sent to the line for a free-throw valued at two points, 93-85. The Warriors tacked on eight straight points with 3:54 pictured on the clock knotting things at 93-up and forcing the Knicks to talk things over.
Out of the huddle, Brazdeikis voided the game’s almost two-minute scoring dry spell with a stepback at 2:02. Following a theft by Lamar Peters, Brazdeikis would swish a triple on the dime from Allen, 98-93.
Westchester missed one live shot and committed one turnover in waning time, but the Warriors failed to convert on the opportunities handed to them and settled for the four-point setback, after briefly playing the foul game.
Half of Brazdeikis’ game-high 24 points came in the fourth quarter. He shot 66.7-percent from the floor while also collecting seven rebounds. Allen also posted 24 points, six rebounds and five assists. Two-Way player Ivan Rabb tabbed 11 points and team-high eight rebounds. Coming into today, Kenny Wooten led the NBA G League in blocks per game (3.6) and finished with four tonight.
Harrison ended with 23 points for Santa Cruz. Nick Zeisloft (14 points) drained a game-best four triples and Juan Toscano-Anderson hauled 15 rebounds.
Next, Westchester visits the Erie Bayhawks Saturday, December 7 at 7 PM ET.