Denzel Valentine Leads Windy City Past Westchester in OT Thriller
Westchester, NY- The Windy City Bulls (11-16), presented by BMO Harris Bank, the official NBA Development League affiliate of the Chicago Bulls, erased a 10-point fourth quarter deficit, including a five-point deficit in the final minute of regulation, by rallying to beat the Westchester Knicks 102-98 in overtime Friday night at the Westchester County Center in New York.
Denzel Valentine, on assignment from the Chicago Bulls, scored 14 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter before scoring the first five points in the overtime period. He also poured in 14 rebounds and nine assists.
Windy City also received strong contributions from Portland Trail Blazers assignments Jake Layman (19 points) and Tim Quarterman (10 points, 14 rebounds), while Alec Brown added 11 points.
Westchester (13-16) was led by Jaylen Bond who scored 21 points and New York Knicks assignment Maurice Ndour added 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Windy City jumped out to a fast start, taking an early 10-2 lead and a 30-24 advantage after the first quarter, but the Knicks outscored the Bulls 30-16 in the second quarter to hold a double-digit halftime advantage.
Trailing by 10 early in the fourth quarter, Windy City began to mount a comeback behind four three-pointers by Valentine. A floating runner by Valentine with 4:01 remaining tied the game at 86, but Westchester quickly answered to regain a five-point lead, 94-89, with 46 seconds remaining.
After a delay-of-game technical on Westchester gave the Bulls a free throw and possession, Valentine converted the free throw before draining a 27-foot three-point shot to cut the deficit to 94-93 with 9.5 seconds remaining.
Windy City intentionally fouled Jordan Crawford, whose missed free-throw enabled the Bulls to tie the game on a transition alley-oop dunk by Alfonzo McKinnie with two seconds left in regulation to force overtime.
Valentine scored the first five points of the extra session and Quarterman iced the game at the free-throw line for the Bulls.
Windy City will wrap up a three-game road swing tomorrow with another contest against the Westchester Knicks at 5 PM CST before returning home on Tuesday, February 7 against the Grand Rapids Drive for Luvabulls Night at the Sears Centre. For more information visit WindyCityBulls.com.
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