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Knicks Close out Regular Season at Erie

March 23, 2019 - NBA G League (G League) - Westchester Knicks News Release

WESTCHESTER KNICKS (29-20) vs. ERIE BAYHAWKS (23-26)

Saturday, March 23, 2019 - Erie, PA (Erie Insurance Arena)

7:00 PM (ET)

On March 21, 2019, the Westchester Knicks (29-20), the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knicks, clinched a home playoff contest in a 105-94 victory over the Maine Red Claws (19-30), 110-102, Thursday evening at Westchester County Center. The Knicks close out the regular season against Erie today.

QUICK HITS

* Jameel Warney is the Knicks leading scorer (20.3 ppg)

* Zak Irvin is the Knicks leading rebounder (8.7 rpg).

* Kadeem Allen leads Westchester in assists (6.7 apg).

* Westchester is 3-2 in its last five contests.

* Westchester is 7-3 in its last 10 contests.

* Westchester is 16-9 at home.

* Westchester is 12-10 on the road.

* Westchester is 3-3 in overtime.

* Westchester went 9-3 in November.

* Westchester went 6-4 in December.

* Westchester went 4-8 in January.

* Westchester went 6-3 in February.

* Westchester's longest win streak this season was seven games, which set a franchise record.

* The Knicks longest skid this season was four games.

* The Knicks longest home win streak is six games.

* The Knicks longest home losing skid was three games.

* The Knicks longest road win streak was five games.

* The Knicks longest road losing skid was four games.

INJURY REPORT/BOX SCORE INFO

Kadeem Allen (NWT) Two-Way.

Isaiah Hicks (DND) Low Back Spasms.

Stephen Zimmerman (DND) Left Shoulder Sprain.

LAST TIME OUT

On March 21, 2019, the Westchester Knicks (29-20), the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knicks, clinched a home playoff contest in a 105-94 victory over the Maine Red Claws (19-30), 110-102, Thursday evening at Westchester County Center.

The Knicks boasted a lead as large as 13 points, evident in the second quarter, which contrasted Maine's slim three-point advantage in the third. That third quarter also saw four lead changes and four ties but after the Knicks stepped out in front at the 8:13 mark of the fourth, the hosts never looked back.

Luke Kornet, on assignment from the New York Knicks, paced Westchester with 20 points on 83.3-percent shooting. He drilled a game-high three triples, soared for eight rebounds and added five assists.

Jameel Warney added 21 points on 50-percent shooting and eight rebounds. Stephen Zimmerman collected 11 rebounds and raised for two rejections. Billy Garrett (19) and Zak Irvin (18) also scored big for Westchester.

For the Red Claws, PJ Dozier led on the evening with 33 points with nine points hailing from the free-throw line. Thomas Robinson added a game-high 17 boards and scored 11 points.

Kornet is expected to return to the New York Knicks tomorrow.

With the win, Westchester has secured a home playoff contest to be played on Wednesday, March 27. The game time and opponent are to be determined.

LAST MEETING

On November 18, 2018, the visiting Erie BayHawks (3-4) displayed a dominant third quarter to overtake the Westchester Knicks (5-3), the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knicks, 113-106, at Westchester County Center Sunday night.

Westchester tallied 64 points in the first half while containing its foe to just 43 points. Erie responded with a 47-point third quarter performance, the most points scored in the window for a Knicks opponent this season. Conversely, Westchester's 22-point third quarter performance tied its lowest since its season opener against Maine (11/2), which also resulted in a loss.

Erie carried enough of its momentum into the final quarter to keep its lead until the final buzzer sounded despite the hosts coming within four at the 1:51 mark. Erie used a 5-2 run from that point on to settle the seven-point decision.

Trevon Bluiett showed promise in his third game back after nursing a lower back injury. The New Orleans Pelicans flex assignee contributed 20 points off the bench, his second consecutive game in double-figures.

Luke Kornet finished with 27 points on the night, his third game eclipsing the 20-point mark. John Jenkins scored 23, knocking down a trio of triples.

Kadeem Allen had a team-high eight dimes. Isaiah Hicks led the team on the boards with 11.

For the visitors, Terrence Jones and John Gillon scored 33 and 30 respective points. Jones also grabbed a game-high 20 rebounds.

PLAYOFFS CLINCHED

The Westchester Knicks (28-19) clinched a postseason berth to the 2019 NBA G League Playoffs. Seeding has not yet been determined.

Westchester Knicks History Regular Season Finish

Season Team W L W/L% Finish

2017-18 Westchester Knicks 32 18 .640 1

2016-17 Westchester Knicks 19 31 .380 3

2015-16 Westchester Knicks 28 22 .560 2

2014-15 Westchester Knicks 10 40 .200 5

The Westchester Knicks won the Atlantic Division last season, finished with the best record in the Eastern Conference and tied the eventual G League Champion Austin Spurs with the league's superlative clip. After earning a first round bye, the Knicks fell to Raptors 905 in the second round. In 2015-16, the Knicks lost to the Sioux Falls Skyforce twice in the first round.

The 2018-19 NBA G League regular season concludes on March 23 and the playoffs begin on March 26 at the earliest.

The team with the best regular-season record in each division automatically qualifies for the postseason as one of six "division winners." The additional six playoff berths will be filled by the three "wild card" teams in each conference with the best regular-season records, other than the division winners.

Winners of the division are not guaranteed a top three spot. They are only guaranteed a playoff spot. Playoffs for each conference will consist of three wildcard teams and three division winners and seeding will consist of overall record. The top two seeds in each conference will earn a bye into the second round. The playoffs will begin with three single-elimination rounds before culminating with a best-of-three NBA G League Finals, which will be played in a one-one-one format.

STREAKIN' (AS OF 3/20)

Jameel Warney has scored double-figures in 22 straight games. This excludes just one game as a Knick, when he missed the mark by two points.

NOT THE GREATEST LOOKS

Jameel Warney has only shot worse than 50-percent four times as a Knick, which includes Westchester's last three games. In the Knicks' last three where the team has gone 1-2, Warney is shooting just 37.7-percent from the field (23-of-61). No player who attempted 10 or more shots is shooting better than 50-percent in the span.

BIG BODY FORCES (AS OF 3/20)

In Westchester's last four (2-2), Jameel Warney and Stephen Zimmerman are averaging 14.0 and 13.5 rebounds per game, respectively. On the offensive glass, Warney is averaging 5.0 offensive rebounds per game while Zimmerman is collecting 3.3. The duo also leads Westchester in blocks. Warney has raised for 1.8 rejections in the window and Zimmerman has stopped 1.3.

THE GARRETT EFFECT

When Billy Garrett adds 20 or more points in a game, Westchester is 13-5, 8-1 at home and 5-4 on the road.

THE ALLEN EFFECT

When Kadeem Allen registers eight or more assists in a game, Westchester is 12-3, 5-2 at home and 7-1 on the road.

PROLIFIC SHOOTING

When the Knicks shoot better than 50-percent from the floor, Westchester is 14-1.

SCORING PAUL

From 2/28-3/11, which included five games, Watson produced double-figure points. He averaged 13.6 points on 62.5-percent shooting. He shot the ball second-best of anyone on the team who averaged more points than him in the span. He played the most minutes of anyone else in the window while also knocking down seven three-pointers (second-most) on 43.8-percent (second-best). The team went 3-2.

ON THE O BOARDS

Westchester's 15 offensive rebounds registered against Long Island (3/16) were one shy of the team's season-high. The Knicks have hauled 16 offensive rebounds five times this season.

SECOND QUARTER WOE

Westchester scored 19 second quarter points against Long Island (3/16) which marked the lowest since the team scored 18 against Maine (2/20). That game however, resulted in a win. The Knicks have only failed to score at least 20 points in any quarter 17 times. The team is 4-10 when they fail to reach the 20-point mark in at least one quarter.

FIGHTING DEFICITS

Westchester faced a 21-point deficit against Long Island (3/16) which later resulted in an eight-point loss. The last time the Knicks faced that large of a deficit came against Raptors (1/28) which resulted in a 15-point loss. In a three-game span that included Rio Grande Valley (1/11), Salt Lake City (1/14) and Texas (1/16), the Knicks faced deficits as large as 38, 34 and 22 points, respectively.

IN THE OPEN COURT

The Knicks' 24 fastbreak points against Long Island (3/16) marks a season-high. The team scored 23 points in the open court against Texas (1/16). Both games however resulted in a loss.

BILLY NOW BILLY THEN

Billy Garrett averaged 11.9 points on 45.4-percent shooting in 50 games (14 starts) played last season. He drained just 36 three-pointers on 29.3-percent, hauled 2.7 rebounds and distributed 2.4 helpers per game.

In 2017-18, Garrett averaged 5.5 points in November, 9.1 points in December, 12.3 points in January, 19.2 points in February and 18.7 points in March.

He scored 29 points twice in his first season (March 21, 2018 @ WCB; March 8, 2018 vs. LIN), which was his season-high. He had 10 games of at least 20 points. Garrett dished nine assists against Raptors (11/14/17) which was his season-high.

This season, he is averaging 16.3 points on 47.5-percent shooting in 46 games (30 starts). He has netted 54 three-pointers on 32-percent, hauled 3.2 rebounds and credited 3.7 assists.

He has tallied 19 games of 20 points or more and has reached 30 points three times this season.

In November, Garrett averaged 13.1 points, in December averaged 14.5 points, in January averaged 11.4 points, in February averaged 24.1 points and this month is averaging 24.0 points.

500

When the Knicks play an opponent who is above .500, the team is 12-12. When the Knicks play an opponent who is below .500, the team is 15-7.

COMPARING TO LAST YEAR

After 48 games last season, the Knicks were 31-17. After 49 games last season, the Knicks were 32-17.

ALLEN'S TRIPLE DOUBLE

Kadeem Allen became the second player in franchise history to record a triple-double in a 127-118 win over the Windy City Bulls on March 7, 2019. Thursday afternoon at Westchester County Center. Allen, who is a Two-Way Player, registered 16 points on 54.6-percent shooting, a career-high 12 rebounds and 12 assists. His triple-double performance is just the fourth of its kind in Westchester Knicks history.

WARNEY'S HISTORY

* Four 30-point games in 2016-17.

* 14 20-point games in 2016-17.

* In all but nine games scored double-figures in 2016-17.

* In all but ten games, shot better than 50-percent in 2016-17.

* Grabbed 20 rebounds against Delaware (3/11/17).

* 15 10-plus rebounding games in 2016-17.

* Dished four or more assists five times in 2016-17.

* Dished four or more assists 14 times in 2017-18.

* Five 30-point games in 2017-18.

* 22 20-points games in 2017-18.

* In all but two games scored double-figures in 2017-18.

* 22 made three-pointers in 2017-18.

* Grabbed 15 rebounds three times in 2017-18.

* 23 10-plus rebounding games in 2017-18.

* Seven 10-plus rebounding games with Texas in 2018-19.

* Four 20-point games with Texas in 2018-19.

* 16 10-plus point games with Texas in 2018-19.

* 21 made three-pointers with Texas in 2018-19.

A GLIMPSE AT PAUL A SEASON AGO

Paul Watson scored in double-figures nine times last season with just one 20-point performance. Watson scored a season-high 22 points against Fort Wayne (12/26/17) on 72.7-percent shooting where he also drained four triples on 80-perecnt shooting.

* Season-high 22 PTS (FWM - 12/16/17).

* Season-high 8 FGM (FWM - 12/16/17).

* Season-high 4 3PM (FWM - 12/16/17).

* Season-high 3 FTM (2x, last LIN - 3/6/18).

* Season-high 10 REBS (WCB - 3/16/18).

* Season-high 5 ASTS (LIN - 1/17/18).

* Season-high 3 BLK (LIN - 3/6/18).

* 7.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 0.9 apg.

FEBRUARY LEAGUE WIDE

* Jameel Warney ranked 10th with 24.0 ppg.

* Billy Garrett ranked 16th with 22.3 ppg.

* Kadeem Allen ranked third with 10.0 apg.

* Stephen Zimmerman ranked 12th with 11.0 rpg.

* Jameel Warney ranked 20th with 9.3 rpg.

* Jameel Warney ranked third with 10.3 FGM.

* Billy Garrett ranked 19th with 4.7 FTM.

BILLY GARRETT FRANCHISE LEADING SCORER

On February 12, Billy Garrett became the all-time leading scorer in franchise history with 1,156 points. He surpassed Thanasis Antetokounmpo's 1,132.

WELCOME KETHAN SAVAGE

The Westchester Knicks acquired Kethan Savage from the available player pool as announced by the team on March 19, 2019.

This season, Savage, 6'4, 198, appeared in two games with Oklahoma City Blue averaging 0.5 points per game and 0.5 assists per game.

Last year, Savage participated in 31 games with Raptors 905 and earned 12 starts. He scored 3.4 points per game, grabbed 1.7 rebounds per game and dished 2.0 assists per game.

The Fairfax, Virginia native played collegiately for George Washington (2012-15) and Butler (2016-17). He averaged double-figure scoring for two seasons and was 18 points shy of reaching the 1,000-point mark.

WELCOME MATTHEW FISHER-DAVIS

The Westchester Knicks acquired Matthew Fisher-Davis from the available player pool as announced by the team on March 20, 2019.

In ten games with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Fisher-Davis, 6'5, 185, appeared in 10 games, averaging 1.7 points, 0.5 rebounds and 0.2 assists on 8.8 minutes per game.

The Charlotte, North Carolina native played collegiately for Vanderbilt (2014-18) averaging 10.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game.

GARRETT PLAYER OF THE WEEK

On February 11, Billy Garrett Billy Garrett was named the NBA G League Player of the Week.

In a 2-0 week for Westchester, Garrett averaged a team-leading 30.0 points on 51.2-percent shooting, 3.5 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 1.5 steals and drained four triples.

In a double-overtime victory against Long Island (2/9), Garrett notched a career-high 39 points to go along with another career-best, 12 assists. The guard was 10-for-12 from the charity stripe and did not commit a single turnover in over 40 minutes played.

COACH MILLER REACHES 100

On February 8, 2019, 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, at Westchester County Center. With the win, head coach Mike Miller earned his 100th career victory. He is 107-89 as of 3/10.


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