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February 9, 2019 - NBA G League (G League) - Westchester Knicks News Release

WESTCHESTER KNICKS (21-16) vs. LONG ISLAND (21-12)

Saturday, February 9, 2019 - White Plains, NY (Westchester County Center)

7:00 PM (ET)

On February 8, the Westchester Knicks (21-16), the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knicks, topped the visiting Canton Charge (12-22), 112-96, behind a career-high performance from Devon Baulkman Friday evening at Westchester County Center.

QUICK HITS (AS OF 2/6)

Jameel Warney is the Knicks leading scorer (18.6 ppg)

Zak Irvin is the Knicks leading rebounder (8.5 rpg).

Kadeem Allen leads Westchester in assists (6.3 apg).

Billy Garrett is third on the Knicks in assists (3.5 apg).

Kadeem Allen leads Westchester in steals (1.6 spg).

Isaiah Hicks leads the Knicks in blocks (1.9 bpg).

Westchester is eighth in the G League with a 46.5 field goal percentage (as of 2/6).

Westchester is second in the G League with 36.5 defensive rebounds per game (as of 2/6).

Westchester is fifth in the G League with 46.8 rebounds per game (as of 2/6).

Westchester is ninth in the G League with 5.6 blocks per game (as of 2/6).

Westchester ranks fourth in the Eastern Conference (as of 2/6).

Westchester ranks third in the Atlantic Division (as of 2/6).

Westchester is 2-3 in its last five contests.

Westchester is 4-6 in its last 10 contests.

Westchester is 9-9 at home.

Westchester is 11-7 on the road.

Westchester is 2-2 in overtime.

Westchester went 9-3 in November.

Westchester went 6-4 in December.

Westchester is 4-8 in January

Westchester's longest win streak this season was seven games, which set a franchise record (as of 2/1).

The Knicks longest skid this season was four games (as of 2/6).

The Knicks longest home win streak was five games (as of 2/6).

The Knicks longest home losing skid was two games (as of 2/6).

The Knicks longest road win streak was five games (as of 2/6).

The Knicks longest road losing skid was four games (as of 2/6).

INJURY REPORT/BOX SCORE INFO

John Jenkins (10-Day Contract) is NWT

Kadeem Allen (NYK/Two-Way) is NWT

Isaiah Hicks (NYK/Two-Way) is NWT

Tyrius Walker (Left Foot Fracture) is OUT

LAST TIME OUT

On February 8, the Westchester Knicks (21-16), the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knicks, topped the visiting Canton Charge (12-22), 112-96, behind a career-high performance from Devon Baulkman Friday evening at Westchester County Center.

Baulkman's 24-point superlative came on 50-percent shooting, which accompanied five rebounds and two assists.

Billy Garrett and Sekou Wiggs scored 21 and 20 respective points. Zak Irvin gave team-high efforts in rebounds (10) and assists (6). His six helpers tied his career-high.

Five Canton players scored double-figures led by Kobi Simmons' 18 points. JaCorey Williams, Sir'Dominic Pointer and Levi Randolph each had seven rebounds. Pointer, Simmons and Scoochie Smith had five assists.

Westchester boasted a 21-point lead in the fourth quarter, its largest of the evening, despite 17 lead changes and seven ties prior. The Knicks controlled the final quarter from its start and until the final buzzer sounded.

With the win, head coach Mike Miller earned his 100th career victory.

LAST MEETING

On November 20, 2018, the Westchester Knicks (6-3), the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knicks, endured a back-and-forth affair with the Long Island Nets (4-1) but a few clutch executions helped the Knicks knock off the intrastate foe, 93-90, Tuesday evening at the Westchester County Center. The loss was the Nets first on the season.

Driving through the lane and getting straight to the basket, John Jenkins netted a finger-roll to bring the Knicks within one with just 52.9 seconds remaining in the game, 90-89. On the ensuing possession, Long Island's Shannon Scott left his three-point attempt off the mark with Isaiah Hicks coming up with the rebound. Running, John Jenkins gained possession of the rock, finding a cutting Hicks as the big swished the go-ahead basket with the shot-clock turned off, 91-90.

Two empty possessions donned the Nets and the hosts managed to come out victorious as Luke Kornet converted two free-throws to put the game at bay.

The contested battle saw three lead changes, six ties and leads no larger than 13. The Nets edged the Knicks in fast break points 6-4, in second-chance points, 12-9, and points in the paint, 48-44.

For the hosts, Jenkins led all scorers with 25 points to go along with seven boards. Hicks finished a double-double of 24 points, second-highest on the night, and 10 rebounds. Kadeem Allen registered a season-high 19 points and a team-best five assists.

For Long Island, Theo Pinson (22) and Dzanan Musa (21) led the team in scoring. Alan Williams came up with 15 rebounds, a game-high.

The win avenges the Knicks' earlier season loss to the Nets on November 3, 114-105.

THAT WAS CLOSE (AS OF 2/6)

Before Capital City (1/6), Westchester was 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. The one-point loss to Capital City (1/6) marked the first setback, 90-89, settled by a margin smaller than three.

The team is now 5-3 in games settled by three points or fewer.

STARTING BAULK

Devon Baulkman has started three games for Westchester as of 2/6. In those three contests, which includes Westchester's last two, Baulkman is averaging 11.7 points per game on 41.9-percent shooting. He is also averaging 5.7 boards in the window. The team is 1-2.

20 WIGGS

Sekou Wiggs scored 20 points against Canton (2/8) which marked his third game this season with at least that much and ninth time in double-figures. All nine games came in the calendar year.

CAREER BAULK

Devon Baulkman scored a career-high 24 points on 50-percent shooting against Canton (2/9). He drilled four triples on 50-percent shooting from beyond the arc which tied his career-best.

IN LAST TEN (AS OF 2/6)

Jameel Warney is the Knicks' leading scorer considering the last 10 games. In the span, Warney is averaging 19.7 points per game on 56.2-percent shooting. He has also earned nine starts in the span. Amongst players currently with the team, Warney's 2.7 assists per game are second-leading on the team.

BILLY BUCKETS

Billy Garrett has secured an average of 8.3 made field goals through his last three games and has averaged 25.0 points per game. He has also made three or more threes in his last three games.

THIEVING ZAK

Zak Irvin's three steals against Canton (2/8) tied his season-high matched one other time.

ZIMM DEFENSE

Stephen Zimmerman's two blocks against Canton (2/8) tied his season-high. His four offensive rebounds marked the most since he collected his career-high eight against Capital City (1/6).

SHOOTING SPREE

Westchester shot 56.8-percent from the field against Canton (2/8). When the team shoots 55-percent or better, the team s an undefeated 4-0.

20/20 VISION (AS OF 2/6)

Jameel Warney's 20 points against Greensboro (2/3) marked his first game with at least that much since January 21 when he scored 31 against Windy City. As a Knick, Warney has put together five games scoring 20 or more points. He has scored in double-figures in all but one game with Westchester.

IN HIS TWENTIES (AS OF 2/6)

Billy Garrett has scored in the twenties in four of his last five games. He has also put together his longest streak this season of scoring double-figures which now includes six straight games.

ZAK IN THREE (AS OF 2/6)

Zak Irvin is the Knicks third leading scorer considering Westchester's last three. Irvin is averaging 12.7 points on 48.4-percent shooting to go along with 9.0 boards per game as the team's rebounding leader.

COMPARISON

After 35 games last season, Westchester was 23-12. Following 36 games, Westchester was 24-12.

AROUND THE LEAGUE (AS OF 2/6)

Zak Irvin ranks 16th in the G League with 8.5 rebounds per game (as of 2/6).

Zak Irvin ranks 23rd in the G League with 2.4 offensive rebounds per game (as of 2/6).

Zak Irvin ranks 15th in the G League with 6.1 defensive rebounds per game (as of 2/6).

Billy Garrett ranks 28th in the G League with 21.2 points per game in his last five (as of 2/6).

Billy Garrett ranks 11th in the G League with 5.0 free-throws made in his last three (as of 2/6).

Billy Garrett ranks 20th in the G League with 3.5 three-pointers made in his last two (as of 2/6).

Kadeem Allen ranks 22nd in the G League with 1.6 steals per game (as of 2/6).

Isaiah Hicks ranks 7th in the G League with 1.9 blocks per game (as of 2/6).

IN THE CLUTH (AS OF 2/6)

Paul Watson and Billy Garrett have played in 20 and 19 respective clutch windows which ranks top-two in the G League (as of 2/6).

Devon Baulkman's 0.4 three-pointers made in clutch time ties for ninth in the G League (as of 2/6).

Gyorgy Goloman's 0.8 blocks registered in clutch times ranks fifth in the G League (as of 2/6).

TO START THE YEAR (AS OF 2/6)

Jameel Warney averaged a second-best 18.7 points per game through the month of January. Kadeem Allen and Billy Garrett led the team in assists per game with 6.5 and 3.5, respectively. Zak Irvin averaged a team-leading 9.4 rebounds per game throughtout the month.

IN 20 WINS... (AS OF 2/6)

Westchester is scoring 110.7 points per game on 48.8-percent shooting.

Westchester opponents are scoring 98.9 points per game on 39.6-percent shooting.

The Knicks are averaging 5.5 blocks per game.

The Knicks opponents are averaging 4.1 blocks per game.

Westchester is shooting 37-percent from three.

Westchester opponents are shooting 32.9-percent from three.

The Knicks are converting 75.9-percent of their free-throws.

The Knicks opponents are converting 73.7percent of their free-throws.

The three top scorers for Westchester, John Jenkins (28.6 ppg), Isaiah Hicks (18.3 ppg) and Luke Kornet (17.6) are not with the team.

Jameel Warney is averaging 17.5 points per game on 55.2-percent shooting.

Billy Garrett is averaging 15.4 points per game on 51.6-percent shooting.

Billy Garrett is averaging 4.0 assists per game.

Zak Irvin is averaging 8.8 rebounds per game.

Stephen Zimmerman is averaging 1.4 offensive rebounds per game.

FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING

The Knicks' victory over Grand Rapids (2/1) marked the first win this season without starting point guard, Kadeem Allen.

THIRD QUARTER WOES (AS OF 2/6)

Westchester scored 12 third quarter points against Raptors (1/28) which marked the lowest scoring third quarter by the team all season. It tied its lowest scoring quarter performance first tabbed against Oklahoma City (12/8). Both games resulted in losses.

Over the last three, the Knicks are averaging 22.0 third quarter points while its opponents are averaging 29.2 points.

BLOWING LEADS (AS OF 2/6)

The Knicks have blown double-digit leads in three of its last four games. Of the three, a Knicks opponent held a larger lead once.

INSIDE PRESENCE (AS OF 2/6)

The Knicks were edged 54-38 in points in the paint in the last game which marked the first time Westchester was bested in the category since January 21.

AGAINST THE EAST (AS OF 2/6)

Jameel Warney is averaging 19.5 points per game against Eastern Conference opponents.

Zak Irvin is averaging 8.9 rebounds per game against Eastern Conference opponents.

Billy Garrett is averaging 3.7 assists per game against Eastern Conference opponents.

The Knicks are shooting 47-percent from the field while its Eastern Conference opponents are shooting 39.9-percent.

GIVE ME ONE MORE CHANCE (AS OF 2/6)

The Knicks were riding a 10-game streak where they scored double-digit second chance points from January 4-January 26. Then, Westchester endured a pair of games where it averaged just 5.0 second chance points. In its last outing, Westchester scored 12 points off of second chance opportunities.

IN LOSSES...

The Knicks are averaging 99.5 points per game on 43.7-percent shooting.

The Knicks opponents are averaging 109.5 points per game on 44.5-percent shooting.

Jameel Warney is averaging a team-leading 19.3 points per game.

Billy Garrett is averaging 11.7 points per game on 40.6-percent shooting.

Zak Irvin is averaging a team-leading 8.4 rebounds per game.

Billy Garrett is averaging 2.8 assists per game.

The Knicks are shooting 31-percent from three.

The Knicks opponents are shooting 36.3-percent from three.

FROM THREE (AS OF 2/6)

The Knicks are averaging 9.4 made three-point field goals through the last five games. This follows a four-game span where the team averaged just 7.5. The team has 10-plus three-pointers in a game 13 times this season. Its opponents have done so 21 times and are averaging 11.6 made three-point field goals in the last five.

PAUL IN ON THE ACTION (AS OF 2/6)

Paul Watson scored five field goals against Sioux Falls (1/26) which marked just the fourth time Watson was able to convert at least that many baskets. His 13 points against the Skyforce tabbed the ninth time this season he scored in double-figures. He followed that up scoring 10 points against Raptors (1/28) on three field-goal makes and 12 points against Grand Rapids (2/1) on four made field-goals. Watson is averaging 10.4 points and 7.0 rebounds per game in Westchester's last five.

WINNERS SHOOT THEY SHOT (AS OF 2/6)

The Knicks are scoring the ball at 48.8-percent in wins while their opponents are shooting just 39.6-percent from the field. Moreover, Westchester is draining 837 shots while its opponents are making just 703 field goals.

KEEP THAT SAME ENERGY (AS OF 2/6)

When Westchester is ahead at the start of the second quarter, the team is 14-10. When the team is behind, they are 3-5. When Westchester is ahead at the start of the third quarter, the team is 15-8. When the team is behind, they are 3-7. When Westchester is ahead at the start of the fourth quarter, the team is 15-3. When the team is behind, they are 4-13.

OPPONENTS AT THE LINE (AS OF 2/6)

In Westchester's last five games before Grand Rapids (2/1), its opponents all shot worse than 72-percent from the free-throw line. In three of those games, its opponents failed to clear 70-percent. Grand Rapids shot 81-percent which marks the highest by a Knicks opponent since Fort Wayne (1/2) shot 83.3-percent.

CARELESSNESS WITH THE BALL (AS OF 2/6)

In Westchester's last four games before Grand Rapids (2/1), its opponents averaged 16.8 turnovers. The Knicks scored an average of 24.3 points off of those turnovers in the span. 33-percent of the team's offense against Raptors (1/28) stemmed from points off turnovers. The Raptors only benefitted 19 points (17.9-percent).

CARING FOR THE BALL (AS OF 2/6)

Grand Rapids (2/1) only turned the ball over eight times which marks the second-fewest turnovers by a Knicks opponent this season. Lakeland (11/10) only committed six turnovers.

GOTTA FOLLOW THE SHOT (AS OF 2/6)

The Knicks' five offensive rebounds against Raptors (1/28) and Grand Rapids (2/1) tied its season-low. The last time the Knicks rebounded that poorly came on against Canton (1/14) and Lakeland (1/10). However, the games against Canton and Lakeland, the Knicks shot 53-percent or better from the field and 40-percent or better from three.

GIVING UP LEADS (AS OF 2/6)

Westchester has credited larger leads over its opponents in five of its last eight games. The team has gone just 4-4 in the span.

GET OUT ON THE BREAK (AS OF 2/6)

Westchester is averaging 4.6 fastbreak points in its last five games. Its opponents are averaging 13.2 fastbreak points.

THE THREE BALL (AS OF 2/6)

The Knicks are only generating 360 points from three-point territory in losses which accounts for 22.6-percent of the team's offense. In those same losses, its opponents are generating 579 points from the perimeter which accounts for 33.1-percent of those offenses.

In wins, the Knicks are generating 540 points from distance which accounts for 24.4-percent of the team's offense. In those same wins, its opponents are generating 660 points from the perimeter which accounts for 33.4-percent of those offenses.

SCORING WIGGS (AS OF 2/6)

Sekou Wiggs scored a career-high 22 points against Raptors (1/28) which marked just the eighth time he scored in double-figures. All of those games have come in the calendar year.

TAKING GOOD SHOTS (AS OF 2/6)

Before Sioux Falls (1/26), Zak Irvin was shooting 62.7-percent from the field from 1/16-1/25 (32-of-51). He is shooting 41.9-percent from the field in his last four.

ZAK ON THE BOARDS (AS OF 2/6)

Zak Irvin hauled 15 rebounds against Sioux Falls (1/26) which tabbed a career-high. This included five on the offensive glass. He's grabbed 10 or more rebounds nine times this season.

PAUL ON DEFENSE (AS OF 2/6)

Paul Watson's nine rebounds against Memphis (1/25) tied his season-high and his four steals tabbed a new career-best.

WARNEY BUCKETS (AS OF 2/6)

Jameel Warney came to Westchester hot almost immediately. Following just a six-point performance against Rio Grande Valley (1/11), Warney went on to average 26.3 points over the next last four games, with 11.5 field goal makes per game on 58.3-percent shooting. He has scored in double-figures in all but one game as a Knick.

STOPPED THE SKID (AS OF 2/6)

Westchester's four-game skid which includes Capital City, Rio Grande Valley, Salt Lake City, Texas marked its longest slide this season.

ZAK ZAK (AS OF 2/6)

Zak Irvin has recorded three double-doubles in 15 games. He has grabbed double-digits rebounds nine times this season and has scored in double figures on thirteen occasions.

WE HAVE TO CONVERT (AS OF 2/6)

Before Delaware (1/19), Westchester got to the line 144 times in five games. However, the team only converted 95 of them (66%) which ranked 25th in the G League (as of 1/15).

THAT WAS THEN (AS OF 2/6)

Before Texas (1/16), Westchester was an undefeated 7-0 when it shot 50-percent or better from the field. Against Texas (1/16), the Knicks shot 50.6-percent marking the first loss shooting that well.

Before Texas (1/16), the only other time the team shot 50-percent or better was against the Raptors (1/4) and before that came against Fort Wayne (12/13). Of Westchester's last 19 games, the team has shot 50-percent or better five times.

RAINING THREES BACK-TO-BACK AND BACK-TO-BACK

Westchester's 22 threes from 1/25-1/26 marked the most of its kind since the team net 23 on a back-to-back on 11/23-11/24.

BLOCK OR GET STOPPED

The Knicks averaged 5.0 blocks per game from 1/19-1/23 and have gone 2-1 in the window. This follows a two-game span from 1/14-1/16 when the team raised for just two blocks total, both resulting in losses.

PUTTING ON A CLINIC

Considering Westchester's games against Rio Grande Valley (1/11) and Salt Lake City (1/14) (0-2), the team gave up 120 points from three-point territory. In that span, its two opponents scored a combined 247 points. That accounts for 48.6-percent of their opponents' offense. Salt Lake City's (1/14) 21 three-pointers topped the season-high set by Rio Grande Valley (1/11) the game before (19). The Knicks only generated 45 points from the perimeter.

BT IS BACK

On February 6, 2019, the Westchester Knicks, the official NBA G League affiliate of theNew York Knicks, reacquired Buay Tuach from the available player pool as announced by the team Wednesday afternoon.

After being acquired by the Westchester Knicks prior to the start of the 2018-19 season, Tuach, 6'6, 185, averaged 4.5 points, 1.5 rebounds and 0.5 assists in two games. He sustained a right foot fracture sidelining him for the next 12 games before being waived by the Knicks on December 6.

Tuach went undrafted in the 2017 NBA Draft after spending two years at Northeast Community College (2103-15) and Loyola Marymount (2015-17). He spent time with Phoenix Hagen of the German ProA and was selected by the Long Island Nets in the 2017 NBA G League Draft. He was waived by the Nets on November 2, 2017 and was acquired by Westchester four days later.

Tuach will wear number 17 again.

JOHN JENKINS 10-DAY

On January 31, 2019, the Washington Wizards announced that the team signed John Jenkins of the Westchester Knicks (19-14), the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knicks, to a 10-day contract.

With Westchester this season, Jenkins, 6'4, 215, started each of the 19 games he appeared in averaging a team-high 24.8 points per game on 47-percent shooting. The guard also drained 62 triples this season on 42.5-percent and was a 92.8-percent free-throw shooter. His line also included averages of 3.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.1 steals and a pair of 40-point performances.

In the NBA, Jenkins has averaged 5.1 points and 1.5 rebounds per game in 145 career games (eight starts) with Atlanta, Dallas and Phoenix. He was originally selected with the 23rd overall pick by the Atlanta Hawks in the 2012 NBA Draft.

He is the ninth Westchester Knick to earn a call-up and eighth under head coach Mike Miller. He is the second player to earn one this season. At least one player has earned a call-up each season since Westchester's G League inception in 2014.

WELCOME BACK TYRIUS WALKER

The Westchester Knicks, the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knicks, acquired Tyrius Walker on January 26.

Walker, 6'1, 185, signed with the New York Knicks after participating in its 2018 Summer League and was waived prior to the start of the NBA G League season.

The Atlanta, GA native appeared in one game for the Maine Red Claws, the official NBA G League affiliate of the Boston Celtics.

IT'S 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. Capital City (1/6) scored just 90 in four periods and one-point overtime to tab the victory over the Knicks.

TWO-WAY DEEM

On January 14, the New York Knicks announced that the team signed guard Kadeem Allen to a Two-Way contract.

Allen, 6'3 200, joined the Westchester Knicks, the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knicks, after appearing in two preseason games and being waived by New York on October 13, 2018.

Allen was a late second round pick in the 2017 NBA Draft out of the University of Arizona (2015-17) and Hutchinson Community College (2012-14), selected 53rd overall by the Boston Celtics. With the Red Claws, Allen averaged 17.7 points per game, a team-leading 2.2 steals per game and 5.0 assists per game. He was later named to the 2018 NBA G League All-Defensive Team.


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