Knicks Look to Make Franchise History against Lakers
WESTCHESTER KNICKS (11-3) vs. SOUTH BAY LAKERS (6-7)
Wednesday, December 5 - White Plains, NY (Westchester County Center)
7:00 PM (ET)
The Westchester Knicks (11-3), the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knicks, came out on top, 112-107, over Delaware Blue Coats (5-6) in overtime December 3 at the Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center. It looks to register its longest win streak in franchise history against South Bay.
Westchester's current six-game win streak ties a franchise record. The Knicks have won six straight games twice before this season.
Westchester has 11 wins on the season, the most of any G League team (as of 12/3).
Westchester has the second fewest losses on the season. Oklahoma, Santa Cruz and Sioux Falls each have two setbacks (as of 12/3).
Westchester has the fewest setbacks of the season of any Eastern Conference team.
Eight teams are .500 or better including Stockton (5-5), Salt Lake City (6-6), Rio Grande Valley (6-6), Fort Wayne (5-5), Erie (5-5), Austin (5-5), Long Island (7-3), Raptors (9-3), Westchester (11-3), Santa Cruz (9-2), Oklahoma (9-2) and Sioux Falls (10-2).
Westchester's 108.6 points per game ranks 13th in the league. South Bay's 106.2 points per game ranks 19th in the league (as of 12/3).
Westchester's 41.3 field goals made per game ranks 11th in the league (as of 12/3). South Bay's 41.0 field goals made per game ranks 12th in the league (as of 12/3).
Westchester ranks fifth in the league with a 48.2-percent field goal percentage (as of 12/3). South Bay's 44.1-percent clip ranks 20th in the league.
Westchester ranks fourth in the league with a 36.6-percent field goal percentage. South Bay ranks 26th in the league shooting 28.4-percent (as of 12/3).
Westchester's 74.7-percent free-throw percentage ranks 15th in the league (as of 12/3).
Westchester ranks fourth in the league with 48.6 rebounds per game (as of 12/3).
Westchester is averaging 52.3 rebounds per game in its last eight.
Westchester's 22.6 assists per game ranks 11th in the league (as of 12/3).
Westchester ranks fifth in the league with 6.6 blocks per game.
Buay Tuach (right foot fracture) is out.
LAST TIME OUT
The Westchester Knicks (11-3), the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knicks, came out on top, 112-107, over Delaware Blue Coats (5-6) in overtime December 3 at the Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center. Its six-game winning streak knots a franchise record.
Isaiah Hicks, Kadeem Allen and Billy Garrett each tallied in the extra period as the Knicks outscored Delaware in the extra frame, 6-1, to ultimately settle the final.
Hicks led all scorers with 24 points and all rebounders with nine. Allen followed up his career-high assist performance with nine today and put up a season-high 23 points. Garrett and Kenrich Williams each posted 15 points.
For the hosts, Shake Milton led with 22 points. Cory Jefferson had 21 points and seven rebounds.
Billy Garrett has shot 58.8-percent or better in Westchester's last five games. The guard is attempting at least 10 shots in the span and is averaging 20.4 points in the window. This includes a season-high 25 points against Greensboro December 1 when he led the team in scoring. He has also tallied one made three in the Knicks' last three games and has shot perfect at the charity stripe in Westchester's last four. He's averaging 14.2 points on the season so far upping last season's average (11.9).
John Jenkins (five games played) and Isaiah Hicks (eight games played) both averaged above 20 points per game in Westchester's last ten. Jenkins averaged 29.4 points per game while Hicks averaged 20.1. Both are shooting above 50-percent from the field.
In Westchester's last five, Isaiah Hicks is averaging 23.0 points per game and Billy Garrett is averaging 20.4. Billy Garrett has appeared in each game over the span.
STEALING IS GOOD
The team's 15 steals against Delaware tabbed a new season-high.
The Knicks are a perfect 5-0 on the season when they score more points off of turnovers than their opponent.
Isaiah Hicks has scored 21 or more points in his last four games played, averaging 23.3 points per game on 56.9-percent shooting. In his last four games, he's also averaging 2.5 blocks, 9.0 rebounds, 4.3 free throws made, 1.0 assist and 1.0 steal.
START IT OFF
Gyorgy Goloman earned his first start of the season Monday against Delaware. As a starter, Goloman registered 12 points on 55.6-percent shooting. He drilled a pair of triples which is the first time Goloman made more than one in a game this season. He had one steal, and a season-high two blocks without a single turnover in over 22 minutes played.
SWISHIN' AND DISHIN'
Kadeem Allen is averaging a double-double in Westchester's last two games which includes season and career superlatives. Allen is averaging 18.5 points per game ad 10.0 assists in the span. His 23 points against Delaware Monday marked a season-high. His 11 assists dished against Greensboro (12/1) established a new career-high. In the last two games, Allen is shooting 51.7-percent from the field and grabbing 5.5 rebounds.
COACH MILLER ON JENKINS
"He's off to a great start," Miller explained. "He does so many things. He's mentally dialed in to what he's doing, really into playing the game the right way and winning. He's good with our young guys just because he's been places that can help them."
Coach Mike Miller, who has been with the Westchester Knicks for four years, is 10 wins away from the 100-win mark. Under his direction, Westchester is 90-74 (.549).
HOME SWEET HOME
The Knicks are riding a four-game win streak at home. The team's longest skid at home has been two games.
The Knicks were 9-5 last season through the team's first 14 games. After 15 games, the team was 10-5.
GOTTA START STRONG
By the start of the second quarter, if the Knicks are ahead, the team is 9-2. At home, they are 4-2 in that same stat. When they start the third quarter ahead, they are 9-1 at overall and 4-1 at home. When the team starts the fourth quarter up, the team is undefeated at 7-0, 3-0 at home.
Beginning in the 2017 offseason, NBA rosters expanded from 15 to 17 players with the addition of two spots for players under "Two-Way Contracts."
NBA teams may have up to two players under NBA Two-Way Contracts who will spend the bulk of the season in the NBA G League and not more than 45 days with their NBA team. Two-Way players are paid a corresponding daily amount based on the number of days they play in each league. Only players with four or fewer years of NBA service are able to sign Two-Way Contracts, which can be for either one or two seasons.
Allonzo Trier and Isaiah Hicks are both under Two-Way Contracts for Westchester.
LET ME SEE YOU FLEX
The NBA G League's flexible assignment system - which was instituted prior to the 2014-15 season - will continue to enable the independent NBA teams to assign players to the NBA G League for development or rehabilitation from injury. Trevon Bluiett and Kenrich Williams are on flex assignment via the New Orleans Pelicans.
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