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Knicks Look to Put Together Another Win Streak Versus Go-Go

By ahawleyalexander | January 5, 2019

WESTCHESTER KNICKS (16-8) vs. CAPITAL CITY GO-GO (10-9)
Sunday, January 6 • White Plains, NY (Westchester County Center)
3:00 PM

On January 4, the Westchester Knicks (16-8), the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knicks, avenged an earlier season series loss, 113-110, to the Raptors 905. They face Capital City for the second time this season Sunday.

QUICK HITS

John Jenkins is the Knicks leading scorer (25.8 ppg).

John Jenkins is the Knicks leading scorer (25.5 ppg).

John Jenkins is slotted sixth in the G League with 25.5 ppg (as of 1/4).

Isaiah Hicks is the Knicks leading rebounder (7.8 rpg).

Kadeem Allen leads Westchester is assists (5.8 apg).

Kadeem Allen is slotted 20th in the G League with 5.8 apg (as of 1/4).

Kadeem Allen leads Westchester in steals (1.6 spg).

Isaiah Hicks leads the Knicks in blocks (1.8 bpg).

Westchester is third in the G League with a 47.6 field goal percentage (as of 1/4).

Westchester is sixth in the G League with 6.2 bpg (as of 1/4).

After 24 games last season, Westchester was 16-8.

After 25 games last season, Westchester was 16-9.

Westchester is 2-3 in its last five contests.

Westchester is 5-5 in its last 10 contests.

Westchester is 7-5 at home.

Westchester is 9-3 on the road.

Westchester is 2-0 in overtime.

Westchester went 9-3 in November.

Westchester went 6-4 in December.

Westchester’s longest win streak this season was seven games.

Westchester’s longest road win streak was five games.

Westchester’s longest home win streak was five games.

Westchester’s longest road losing skid was one game.

Westchester’s longest home losing skid was two games.

INJURY REPORT

TBA.

LAST TIME OUT

On January 4, the Westchester Knicks (16-8), the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knicks, avenged an earlier season series loss, 113-110, to the Raptors 905 (14-8), Friday evening at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre.

The Knicks were backed by a double-double from Zak Irvin comprised of 22 points (career-high) and 10 rebounds. Irvin, who attempted 14 looks from the field, shot an astounding 78.6-percent while also corralling four of the Knicks’ nine offensive rebounds.

Westchester had the Raptors by 19 points in the first half and toted that advantage to the locker-room after two quarters. However, nine 905 triples and just three turnovers revived the hosts in the second half as the Raptors were down just one following a trey by Malachi Richardson with just 39.2 seconds remaining.

A clutch Irvin caught a feed from a foul-ridden Allen, who got to the basket silencing the Raptors and pushing the Knicks lead back to three with the shot-clock turned off. Richardson, who tried a three on the ensuing possession, was unlucky.

John Jenkins put up his third consecutive 20-point game finishing with 20 and a team-high five dimes. Stephen Zimmerman also finished with a double-double corralling a game-high 11 boards and 10 points. Following a career-high effort against Fort Wayne (1/2), Sekou Wiggs scored 18 points, two shy of his superlative. Allen, in his return, was plagued by four fouls in the first half, ending with four assists.

The Raptors were led by 34 points from Jordan Loyd and 29 from Richardson. Loyd also dished 10 assists and came down with seven rebounds.

LAST MEETING

On December 27, the Westchester Knicks (15-7), the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knicks, kept the Capital City Go-Go (8-8) away, 104-102, Thursday evening at the Westchester County Center.

After the Knicks credited a lead as large as 12 in a contest that endured seven lead changes, Westchester played to the fourth and final tie with a deadlocked score, 98-up, with 1:01 remaining. A Pe’Shon Howard free-throw put the lead back in the Go-Go’s custody but a Kadeem Allen layup on the following live possession gave the Knicks another one-point advantage.

Two defensive possessions occurred right after including a block by Gyorgy Goloman and a John Jenkins steal and a block foul called on Capital City gave the ball right back to the Knicks with the shot clock turned off. Capital City continued to play the fouling game ultimately enlarging its deficit to five before a futile three-point heave settled the two-point final margin.

John Jenkins finished with a team-high 22 points, four assists and five rebounds. This now marks Jenkins’ third consecutive game totaling four or more assists. Trevon Bluiett added 17 points off the bench which included three triples as well as six rebounds. Zak Irvin’s 12 rebounds was one shy of the game-high and Kadeem Allen flirted with a triple-double finishing with 10 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.

For Capital City, Howard had 25 points on 57.1-percent shooting. Jordan McCrae had 22 points and netted seven free-throws of 10 total attempts. Lavoy Allen grabbed 13 boards including five on the offensive glass.

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). After averaging 14.5 points in his first two games following his return from FIBA World Cup Qualifiers, Jenkins has averaged 26.3 points in his four most recent contests. He also dished a career-high seven assists against Iowa (12/19).

FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING

John Jenkins finished with nine points against Austin (12/21) which marked the first time this season Jenkins was unable to score in double figures. He shot 25-percent which also marks a low in almost 37 minutes out on the floor. He bounced back tallying 22 against Capital City (12/27) on 40-percent shooting. He went 2-for-8 from downtown.

JOHNNY CASH

John Jenkins is averaging 22.3 points per game in the Knicks last three. He hit five triples against Fort Wayne (1/2) and has netted five or more triples five times this season. He’s averaging 5.0 assists in the Knicks last five.

WINS AND LOSSES

In wins, Westchester is averaging 111.3 points per game and limiting its opponents to just 98.7 points. In losses, the Knicks are averaging 98.8 points while allowing its opponents to score 108.4 points.

JJ IN WINS AND LOSSES

John Jenkins is averaging 28.6 points on 51.1-percent shooting in wins and 21.0 points on 42.5-percent shooting in losses. In victories, Jenkins is shooting 45.1-percent from three making 2.3 of them a game. In setbacks, Jenkins is shooting 38.3-percent from three also making 2.3 of them a game.

BILLY IN WINS AND LOSSES

Billy Garrett is averaging 14.6 points on 52.8-percent shooting as the team’s second-leading scorer in wins. In losses, Garrett is averaging 11.3 points on 45.9-percent shooting as the team’s fourth-leading scorer. Garrett is dishing 2.1 assists per loss and 3.6 assists per win.

KADEEM IN WINS AND LOSSES

Kadeem Allen is dishing 5.8 assists per win and 5.2 assists per loss.

START IT OFF

When Westchester is ahead by the second quarter’s start, the team is 13-5 (6-4 at home). When Westchester is ahead by the third quarter’s start, the team is 14-4 (6-3 at home). When Westchester is ahead by the fourth quarter’s start, the team is 12-2 (at home).

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 six games, the Knicks bench is accounting for 40.7-percent of the team’s offense 269 of 661 total points).

POINT BLANK RANGE

The Knicks scored 70 points in the paint against Fort Wayne (12/13) which marked a season-high by the team. That accounted for 53.4-percent of the team’s offensive output.

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.

GOTTA REBOUND

The Westchester Knicks lost the rebounding battle with Fort Wayne (1/2) 55-39. Moreover, the Knicks gave up 21 offensive boards and hauled just six. Westchester’s 39 total rebounds was just four more than its season low. It’s six offensive rebounds was just one more than its season low.

SHOOT LIGHTS OUT

When Westchester shoots 50-percent or better from the field, the team is an undefeated 7-0.

THAT WAS CLOSE

Westchester is 5-0 in games settled by three points or less. The Knicks’ 11-point loss to Austin (12/21) marked just the second time the team lost by 11 or more points.

ITS MORE THAN DEFENSE

Austin (12/21) scored 99 points which marked the first time a Knicks opponent scored fewer than 100 points and still pulled out the victory. Previously, Westchester was 8-0 when an opponent failed to clear the 100-point mark.

NO OFFENSE BUT

The Knicks came up with 14 offensive rebounds against Capital City (12/27) which tied a season-high for the club that was matched two other times.

ZIMMERMAN ON THE COME UP

Stephen Zimmerman is averaging 4.7 made field goals in his last six games and is shooting 50.9-percent. He is also grabbing 7.8 rebounds per game, scored in double-figures in all but one game in that span and is averaging 12.0 points per game.

GOTTA KEEP THAT SAME ENERGY

Westchester scored 70 points through the first half against Iowa (12/19) which marked the most points in the window all season. However, the team scored just 36 points in the second half which marked the second-lowest this season.

Westchester is averaging 58.8 first half points in its last five and 42.0 second half points in the span. Its opponents are averaging 49.0 first half points and 55.0 second half points.

GG CORDIALLY INVITES YOU TO HIS BLOCK PARTY

Gyorgy Goloman raised for six rejections which marked a career-high against Capital City (12/27). On the defensive end, he also grabbed five rebounds which included two on the offensive glass and one steal.

AT THE LINE

In losses, Westchester is 110-of-146 while its opponents are 146-of-191 from the free-throw line. In wins, the Knicks are 298-of-390 while their opponents are 294-of-398.

WE NEED THE OLD ZAK BACK

Before 12/27, Zak Irvin was averaging 10.2 ppg over the course of a five-game span and nearly doubled his minutes from his first game back. He shot 67.6-percent from the field which was the best clip on the team. With 144:38 minutes logged in the span, he only committed four turnovers. However, from 12/27-1/2, he was averaging just 4.0 points per game on three total made field goals but averaged 8.0 rebounds.

…HE LISTENED, AND THEN SOME

Zak Irvin exploded for a career-high 22 points on an astounding 78.6-percent without a triple. He also came down with 10 boards and missed just three opportunities from the field. His four offensive rebounds tied a season-high.

WE SEE YOU GG

Gyorgy Goloman connected on three triples against Fort Wayne (1/2) which marked a career-high. His seven boards also tabbed a career best. He played exactly 27 minutes against the Mad Ants which marked the most points he’s played in one game so far this season. He was also averaging 5.0 blocks per game from 12/27-1/2. Goloman is averaging 12 points on 50-percent shooting in the Knicks’ last two.

IT WAS THE BEST AND WORST OF TIMES

Paul Watson scored 11 points (on 50%) against Capital City (12/27) which marked the most points since he netted 12 against Wisconsin (11/23). His four field goal makes were also a high since he drained five in that same game as well as his two triples which were the most since that contest too. Moreover, Watson’s two threes tabbed the first time he connected from deep since Oklahoma City (12/8) despite four tries in between. Watson also dished three assists which nabbed a season-high and did not commit a turnover in also 34 minutes.

However, against Fort Wayne (1/2), Watson was just 1-for-7 from the field and ended with just two points in almost 31 minutes. He went scoreless on two attempts from three and from the charity stripe. He did grab three boards.

Against Raptors (1/4), Watson scored five points on 33.3-percent shooting and grabbed just two boards.

SO CLOSE, SO VERY CLOSE

Kadeem Allen (10 points) was one rebound and two assists shy of notching his first triple-double of the season against Capital City (12/27).

WE KNOW HE CAN SHOOT THE BALL

Billy Garrett knocked down five field goals against Capital City (12/27) which marked the most since he drained seven versus Fort Wayne (12/13).

Between 12/15-1/2, he averaged 12.2 ppg, and shot 41.7-percent (20-of-48) despite shooting 51.5-percent on the season before January 4. Garrett has shot better than 50-percent 12 times which included a five-game stretch (11/23-12/3) where he shot 44-of-70 (62.9-percent).

Garrett finished with just six points, his lowest since scoring 5 on 12/5, on one made three and three free-throws against Raptors (1/4). He was also 1-for-6 from the field. Despite not shooting the ball well, Garrett is averaging 4.5 assists in his last two.

THE COACH’S CHALLENGE

The coach’s challenge was revised so that teams receive only one challenge per game, to be used at any point during regulation or overtime periods.  Only fouls called, goaltending/basket interference and out-of-bounds calls may be challenged.

10-DAY CONTRACTS

Each season, from early January to early April, NBA teams can sign free agents to 10-day contracts. A player can be signed to a maximum of two consecutive 10-day contracts before a team must either sign him for the remainder of the season or release him. January 5 marked the first day 10-day contracts could be signed this season.

DEEM WITH THE DIME

From 12/19-12/27, Kadeem Allen was averaging 8.0 assists per game.

IN HIS RETURN

After missing his first game of the season against Fort Wayne (1/2) due to a right groin strain, Kadeem Allen disrupted his 10-game streak of scoring in double figures ending with just nine against Raptors (1/4). Allen picked up three fouls in the first quarter and four in the first half limiting him to just 3:49 minutes in the first quarter and 10 seconds in the second quarter. In under 19 minutes played for the game, Allen dished four assists, his lowest since Lakeland (12/11) when he distributed just one.

SUPERLATIVE SEKOU

Sekou Wiggs’ 20 points scored against Fort Wayne (1/2) tabbed a new career-high. Previously, his best stood at 18 points against Erie on March 13, 2018. His eight field goals also established a new career best.

CAN HE KEEP IT UP?

Sekou Wiggs put up 18 points against Raptors (1/4) on 66.7-percent shooting, his best shooting clip with at least six attempts this season. His two triples tied a career-high and his four free-throw makes matched his season-high first nabbed against the Raptors earlier this season. He’s averaging 19.0 points, 6.0 trips to the free-throw line, 4.0 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 4.5 assists in Westchester’s last two.

TICK TOCK

Devon Baulkman played the most minutes he’s played all season against Fort Wayne (1/2) logging 25:30. This could be due to an inactive Kadeem Allen who was nursing a right groin injury. In his performance, he scored on four of ten field goals (40%) and hit one three. He tied a season-high five boards and committed just one turnover.

TO FOLLOW THAT UP

Devon Baulkman registered 10 points against Raptors 905 (1/4) in a three-point victory. He scored four field goals for the second consecutive time and matched a season-high three assists. In 20 minutes, he did not turn the ball over and shot 57.1-percent.