Raptors Edge Knicks in Slim Three-Point Decision
MISSISSAUGA, ON - The Westchester Knicks, the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knicks, were defeated by three points by Raptors 905, 119-116, Thursday night at Paramount Fine Foods Centre.
The Knicks' (0-4) largest advantage occurred in the third quarter when the visitors went up by as many as 15 with just under five minutes to go in the frame. About nine minutes later and now into the fourth, the Raptors (2-0) sank a go-ahead basket, but the Knicks eventually countered going up by one with 75 seconds to go. The two teams traded jumpers before a timely Westchester turnover granted the Raptors the surge it needed to tack on the final three points by either club to take the contest.
Brandon Williams (tryout) poured in 27 points, his third 20-point game, and continues to lead Westchester in scoring in each outing this season. He came up with five rebounds, five dimes and three steals and connected on four triples. Tyler Hall (returning rights) finished with 21 points in large part to his five long makes to compliment seven helpers and three rebounds. Aamir Simms (affiliate) and Kethan Savage (tryout) both gave 16-point performances and mirrored three three-pointers made.
As a team, Westchester shot a season-high 43.5-percent from distance (20-for-46) after succumbing to three-point percentages hovering 20-percent through the first three games. The Raptors made seven less treys and shot 37.1-percent from the perimeter. Converting just 44.2-percent of its shots from the field, Westchester has yet to clear 50-percent which 905 managed to do in both games.
For the hosts, Dalano Banto had 30 points on 61.1-percent, seven rebounds and nine assists but turned the rock over eight times. Isaac Bonga scored 27 points and raised for two rejections and six boards.
Tonight's three-point Raptors win is the slimmest margin of victory by a Knicks opponent this season.
Webster Bank Arena welcomes the Westchester Knicks for the first time Wednesday, November 17. The Long Island Nets and Knicks tipoff at 7 PM ET.
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