Drive Fall to Knicks Friday Night in New York
WHITE PLAINS - Jamal Warney finished with 23 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists as the Westchester Knicks (24-17) pulled away from the Grand Rapids Drive (19-20) to earn a victory at home on Friday night. 120-106 was the final score as the Knicks earned a key victory in a matchup of two teams fighting for the top of their respective division.
Warney was not the only big performer for the Knicks, as Billy Garrett posted 20 points and five assists and Isaiah Hicks had 18 points, six rebounds and four blocks. Kadeem Allen also notched 17 points and 10 rebounds, Zak Irvin scored 16 with nine rebounds and five assists, and Devon Baulkman and Paul Watson both reached double figures in scoring off the bench.
One game after setting a franchise record by making 11 three-pointers, Marcus Thornton stayed hot for the Drive by scoring 28 points. Speedy Smith ramped up his offensive game to finish with 24 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds, and Adam Woodbury had a big double- double, grabbing 17 rebounds to go with 16 points.
The Knicks never led by more than 10 prior to the fourth quarter, and in the first three quarters there were 15 lead changes. But the Knicks' play in the fourth quarter sealed the victory as they outscored the Drive 35-23 in the final 12 minutes.
Westchester blocked 11 Grand Rapids shots and limited the Drive to 41 percent shooting on the night while finishing at 53 percent themselves. They only shot 16 free throws, with four of them coming on Drive technical fouls. But they knocked down 14-of-31 three-pointers for 45 percent and seven of nine players to enter the game shot at least 50 percent from the field.
The Knicks will continue their playoff push as they host the Lakeland Magic on Sunday. The Drive came into the game having won six of seven, and they will look to get back on that track when they take on the Santa Cruz Warriors on Wednesday night.
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