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Knicks Close out the Month at Greensboro Thursday

February 27, 2019 - NBA G League (G League) - Westchester Knicks News Release

WESTCHESTER KNICKS (25-17) vs. GREENSBORO SWARM (20-20)

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - Greensboro, NC (The Fieldhouse)

11:00 AM (ET)

On February 24, 2019, the Westchester Knicks (25-17), the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knicks, made easy work of conference-leading Lakeland Magic (25-15), 112-92, Sunday afternoon at Westchester County Center. Westchester begins a two-game road trip starting at Greensboro Thursday.

QUICK HITS

Jameel Warney is the Knicks leading scorer (19.1 ppg)

Zak Irvin is the Knicks leading rebounder (8.8 rpg).

Kadeem Allen leads Westchester in assists (6.5 apg).

Westchester is 4-1 in its last five contests.

Westchester is 6-4 in its last 10 contests.

Westchester is 14-9 at home.

Westchester is 11-8 on the road.

Westchester is 3-2 in overtime.

Westchester went 9-3 in November.

Westchester went 6-4 in December.

Westchester went 4-8 in January.

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 was five 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

Isaiah Hicks (L Groin Strain) is DND.

Zak Irvin (L Back Strain) is DND

LAST TIME OUT

On February 24, 2019, the Westchester Knicks (25-17), the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knicks, made easy work of conference-leading Lakeland Magic (25-15), 112-92, Sunday afternoon at Westchester County Center.

The frontcourt tandem of Two-Way player Isaiah Hicks and Jameel Warney combined for 40 points, each crediting 20 apiece. Before an early exit, Zak Irvin grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds and added six points. He would later be diagnosed with a lower back injury.

Two-Way player Kadeem Allen dished a game-high eight helpers while also putting in 14 points and hauling five boards.

For the visitors, Troy Caupain and BJ Johnson each ended with 16 points on seven made field goals. Caupain also registered team-highs of six dimes and nine rebounds.

The Knicks were up by 11 by the intermission before taking a commanding 29-point lead in the second-half. The second-half's control came in large part to Westchester knocking down seven triples contrasting Magic's two. The Knicks shot 46.7-percent from long-range while Lakeland converted just 15.4-percent of its tries from deep.

LAST MEETING

On February 3, The Westchester Knicks (20-16), the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knicks, saw Billy Garrett and Jameel Warney put on career-performances before falling to the Greensboro Swarm (16-16), 98-96, Sunday afternoon at Westchester County Center.

The Knicks were led by Garrett who was one-point shy of tying his career-high ending with 28 points. He made a career-best four triples, season-high eight free-throws, tied a career-high seven rebounds and dished a game-high six assists.

Warney flirted with a triple-double tallying 20 points, a game-high 12 boards and a career-high eight assists. Zak Irvin put up 16 points and eight rebounds.

The Knicks credited a lead as large as 13 points and were up 11 at the conclusion of the first half. A cold front hurt Westchester in the third quarter as the team was only able to hit five of its 16 shot attempts scoring just 20 points in the window. Greensboro on the other hand netted 12 tries from the field including two from distance to go up one before the fourth quarter began.

The Swarm edged Westchester 29-28 in the final window in large part to Dwayne Bacon who added 14 points and Jayleen Barford who chipped in 13. The duo finished the night with 30 and 32 respective points.

Barford grabbed 11 rebounds to round out his double-double while Cat Barber registered a team-high five assists for the Swarm.

Greensboro evened the series with the Knicks, 1-1.

Only eight Westchester Knicks were active with Two-Way players Isaiah Hicks and Kadeem Allen with the New York Knicks, John Jenkins on a 10-Day contract with the Washington Wizards and Stephen Zimmerman nursing left knee soreness.

TEAM RANKINGS (AS OF 2/25)

Where Westchester ranks in the G League

Ranks fifth with a 47.3 FG%.

Ranks seventh with 46.4 rpg.

Ranks ninth with 5.7 bpg.

Westchester's 25 wins is third-most.

NOT MISSIN'

Devon Baulkman went a perfect 6-of-6 from the field against Lakeland (2/24) and 2-of-2 from distance for 14 points. In the last two games, he has shot 64.3-percent from the field and 66.7-percent from distance. This follows a two-game span where he shot 30.4-percent from the field and 33.3-percent from the perimeter.

KA-DREAM

Kadeem Allen signed a Two-Way contract with the New York Knicks On January 14. Up to that point, Allen was slotted sixth amongst Two-Way players averaging a team-leading 6.3 assists per game and ranked 10th amongst Two-Way players with 1.7 steals per game. He is also averaged 14.7 points per game on 45.2-percent shooting as the team's fourth-leading scorer.

KADEEM ALLEN WITH NEW YORK

In 10 games with New York, one start

10.1 points per game; tied for fifth team-leading.

4.5 assists per game.

48.7-percent shooting

50-percent shooting from three.

73.1-percent free-throw shooter.

2.9 rebounds per game.

KADEEM ALLEN'S RETURN TO WESTCHESTER

In two games with Westchester, includes Grand Rapids (2/22) and Lakeland (2/24)

9.0 assists per game.

15.5 points per game; fourth team-leading

46.4-percent shooting.

42.9-percent shooting from three.

40-percent free-throw shooter.

4.0 rebounds per game.

Westchester went 2-0.

ISAIAH HICKS' LAST TWO

In two games with Westchester, includes Grand Rapids (2/22) and Lakeland (2/24)

19.0 points per game; second team-leading

5.5 rebounds per game.

4.5 assists per game.

54.5-percent shooting.

55.6-percent shooting from three; five made triples leads team.

90-percent free-throw shooter; nine made free-throws leads team.

2.0 blocks per game; ties team-leading.

WIGGS' GAME

Sekou Wiggs' four made field goals against Lakeland (2/24) were the most since he hit eight against Canton (2/8). Against Grand Rapids, Wiggs scored just two points in almost 11 minutes. However, against Maine (2/20), Wiggs generated seven of his 13 points at the free-throw line which marked a season-high.

SIMMER DOWN BILLY

From 2/1-2/22, Billy Garrett scored 20-plus points in seven games which included a pair of 30-points games. Against Lakeland (2/24), Garrett scored just 12 points on 35.7-percent shooting while draining just a pair of threes on a 28.6-percent clip.

In those seven games, Garrett scored 187 points.

Averaging 26.7 points per game.

136 points came from two-pointers (72.7-percent).

51 points came from three-pointers.

36 points came from free-throws.

Accounts for 23.5-percent of the team's scoring.

Accounts for 23.7-percent of the team's total assists.

Accounts for 21.5-percent of the team's field goal makes.

BILLY DIMEZ

For the season, Billy Garrett is averaging 3.7 assists per game. However, in the last five games, Garrett is averaging 5.4 assists per game which leads the team with all games played in the window.

HICKS THE HELPER

Isaiah Hicks' six assists against Lakeland (2/24) tied his career-high, first written against Rio Grande Valley (2/11).

SEASON LOW

Zak Irvin scored six points against Lakeland which is the fewest in 19 games. Before Lakeland, Irvin scored double-figures for eight straight games. Against Lakeland, Irvin played just under 20 minutes before exiting the game early due to a back injury. He still grabbed a game-high 10 boards before his departure.

OFFENSIVE PAUL

Paul Watson was averaging 21.5 points per game from 2/9-2/12 on 70.8-percent shooting. Both statistics were a season superlative for a two-game span. Watson has scored double-figures in three straight games one time this season. He ended with just six against Maine (2/20).

Paul Watson scored 11 points against Grand Rapids (2/22) which marked the third time in a four-game span he was able to reach double-figures. He has scored in double-figures 14 times.

BREAKIN' DOWN BILLY

Billy Garrett was averaging 30.0 points in Westchester's last three games before the NBA All-Star break, a total of 90 points.

50 points came from two-pointers.

24 points came from three-pointers.

16 points came from free-throws.

Accounts for 26.9-percent of the team's total assists.

Accounts for 34.6-percent of the team's total steals.

Accounts for 23.1-percent of the team's field goal makes.

Ranked second in the G League with 30.0 points per game (as of 2/18).

USA ZIMMY BUCKETZ

Stephen Zimmerman helped the USA Men's World Cup Qualifying February Team to a pair of wins in the second-round games.

With the USA's record-setting 111-80 win over Panama on Friday night, USA qualified for the 2019 FIBA World Cup. A thrilling 84-83 victory over Argentina last night granted USA first place honors in Group E. USA's record now stands at 10-2.

Zimmerman averaged 6.0 points on 83.3-percent shooting while collecting six boards and one assist in the two wins.

New York Knick and Westchester Knicks' alum, John Jenkins, helped lead the 2018 USA World Cup Qualifying Team to a 1-1 record during the 2018 November/December second-round games. He played and started in the USA's two games, averaging 23.5 minutes, 7.5 points and 2.5 rebounds a game.

Zimmerman was also a member of the gold medalist 2014 USA U18 National Team and the 2015 USA Nike Hoop Summit team.

WARNEY TIME

Jameel Warney is averaging 22.0 points per game in his last five games. He is also averaging 8.4 rebounds per game. He has scored 20-plus points four consecutive times one time this season as a Westchester Knick.

SHOT STOPPER

Isaiah Hicks rejected four Grand Rapids (2/22) shots which is the most since he raised for four rejections against Lakeland (12/11). His season-high stands at five which was tabbed against Windy City (11/27).

CONTROLLING THE OFFENSE

Kadeem Allen's 222 assists this season (34/42 games played) accounts for 22.5-percent of the team's total helpers. Billy Garrett accounts for 14.8-percent of the team's assists numbers.

LIVING OFF THE LIVE TWO BALL

Zak Irvin has only made 25 free-throws this season which is the second-fewest by a Knick, who is currently with the team and has made at least one free-throw, this season. Devon Baulkman has hit 20 this season. Irvin has gotten to the line 42 times and is shooting just 64.3-percent from the stripe. Irvin has only hit one three-pointer this season. Stephen Zimmerman and Buay Tuach are the only other two Knicks, who are currently with the team, to hit just as many. This in turn means that of Irvin's 308 points this season, 278 of them have come off the live two-ball (90.3-percent).

HICKS FOR THREE

Isaiah Hicks drained three three-pointers against Grand Rapids (2/22) which marked the most triples since he drilled a career-high four against Delaware (1/19).

DO IT BIG

When the margin of outcome is 19 points or greater, the Knicks are 4-2.

NO OFFENSE BUT

Before Lakeland (2/24), the Knicks' low for offensive rebounds stood at five matched four times (Lakeland-11/10, Canton-11/14, Raptors-1/28 and Grand Rapids-2/1). Westchester only collected three offensive rebounds against Lakeland (2/24) which marks a season low. Zak Irvin, the Knicks' leading offensive rebounder, failed to gather one. Lakeland only collected four offensive rebounds which ties a season-low by a Knicks' opponent.

TWO-WAY COMPARISON (AS OF 2/26)

Ranks G League players on Two-Way contracts

Kadeem Allen ranks second with 6.5 apg. Only four players average six or more assists.

Kadeem Allen ranks ninth with 1.6 spg.

Isaiah Hicks ranks second with 1.9 bpg.

Isaiah Hicks ranks 13th with a 49.7 FG%.

KEEP IT 100

The Knicks are averaging 107.3 points per game this season. In the last six games, where the team has scored 100-plus points consecutively, Westchester is averaging 117.0 points per game on 52.4-percent shooting. The team has gone 5-1 in the span.

PROLIFIC SHOOTING

When the Knicks shoot better than 50-percent from the floor, Westchester is 12-1.

JUST BECAUSE YOU GOT TO 100

Westchester has scored 100-plus points 31 times this season and has pulled out 22 wins. Its opponents have scored 100 points or more 25 times this season and only won 12 of those games.

PUTTIN' UP POINTS

From 2/8-2/12, Billy Garrett was averaging 30.0 points in three games which is the third-most by a Knick this season. John Jenkins averaged 32.0 points per game in a three-game span that included Fort Wayne (12/13), Grand Rapids (12/15) and Iowa (12/19). Jenkins also averaged 33.0 points in a three-game span from 11/6-11/14 and from 11/10-11/16. The window from 11/10-11/16 is a consecutive three-game streak as Jenkins missed the game on 11/8.

WARNEY VS. WARNEY

Jameel Warney has played 39 games this season, 17 with Westchester.

Averaging 16.1 points per game.

Averaging 19.1 points per game as a Knick.

Shooting 49.5-percent for the season.

Shooting 56.7-percent as a Knick.

Shooting 30.1-percent from three for the season.

Shooting 35.1-percent from three as a Knick.

KNICKS FOR THREE

Westchester's 15 made three-pointers against Capital City (2/12) were the most by the team since the Knicks drained 15 against Erie (11/18). The team's high stands at 17 which was tabbed against Lakeland (11/10). Through the three games prior to Capital City (2/12), the team was averaging just 8.3 made three-pointers.

EVERYBODY ELSE FOR THREE

Westchester opponents have drilled 10-plus three-pointers in all but two games in the last ten games.

PAUL THE SNIPER

Paul Watson's five three-pointers made against Capital City (2/12) rewrote his career-high. His previous best was four tallied against Fort Wayne (12/26/18).

LAST FIVE LEAGUE WIDE (AS OF 2/26)

Kadeem Allen ranks fifth with 9.0 apg.

Billy Garrett ranks 14th with 24.8 ppg.

Billy Garrett ranks 13th with 9.4 FGM.

Stephen Zimmerman ranks third with 5.5 OREB.

Zak Irvin ranks 11th with 8.2 DREB.

Zak Irvin ranks tied-19th with 9.6 rpg.

LAST TEN LEAGUE WIDE (AS OF 2/26)

Kadeem Allen ranks 11th with 7.7 apg.

Billy Garrett ranks 14th with 8.5 FGM.

Isaiah Hicks ranks 13th with 2.0 bpg.

SUCCESS STORY

On February 21, 2019, the New York Knicks announced today that the team has signed John Jenkins of the Westchester Knicks (23-17). Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Jenkins, 6-4, 215, originally signed a 10-day contract with New York on February 11 and has appeared in two games, averaging 10.5 points on 50-percent shooting, 2.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists over 17.5 minutes. In the team's win at Atlanta on February 14, Jenkins recorded 14 points, five rebounds and two assists over 26 minutes. Jenkins is the seventh Westchester Knicks player to earn a call-up and sign with New York.

With Westchester this season, Jenkins 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.


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