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February 3, 2019 - NBA G League (G League) - Westchester Knicks News Release

WESTCHESTER KNICKS (20-15) vs. GREENSBORO SWARM (15-16)

Sunday, February 3, 2019 - White Plains, NY (Westchester County Center)

1:00 PM (ET)

On February 1, the Westchester Knicks (20-15), the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knicks, took care of Grand Rapids Drive (13-18) behind a strong second half performance, 110-103, Friday night at DeltaPlex Arena. The Knicks and Swarm battle Sunday for an afternoon meeting.

QUICK HITS

Jameel Warney is the Knicks leading scorer (18.5 ppg)

Zak Irvin is the Knicks leading rebounder (8.6 rpg).

Kadeem Allen leads Westchester in assists (6.3 apg).

Billy Garrett is third on the Knicks in assists (3.4 apg).

Kadeem Allen leads Westchester in steals (1.6 spg).

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

Westchester is seventh in the G League with a 46.7 field goal percentage (as of 2/2).

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

Westchester is fifth in the G League with 46.7 rebounds per game (as of 2/2).

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

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

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

Westchester is 3-2 in its last five contests.

Westchester is 4-6 in its last 10 contests.

Westchester is 9-8 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 2/1).

The Knicks longest home win streak was five games (as of 2/1).

The Knicks longest home losing skid was two games (as of 2/1).

The Knicks longest road win streak was five games (as of 2/1).

The Knicks longest road losing skid was four games (as of 2/1).

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

LAST TIME OUT

On February 1, the Westchester Knicks (20-15), the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knicks, took care of Grand Rapids Drive (13-18) behind a strong second half performance, 110-103, Friday night at DeltaPlex Arena.

Devon Baulkman packaged career-highs of 23 points, 19 of which came in the second half, and 10 rebounds. He also raised for three blocks (ties career-high), dished an assist, drained three triples and committed just one turnover in a near 36-minute starting performance.

Billy Garrett led all on the evening with 26 points on 52.9-percent shooting, tied a team-high six assists and swished three treys. Jameel Warney added 17 points and Zak Irvin had a double-double comprised of 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Marcus Thornton put up 24 points to lead the Drive. Henry Ellenson finished with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Kalin Lucas had a game-high eight helpers.

Westchester trailed the hosts by 10 at the break but opened the second-half on a 16-3 run, to deadlock scoring at 64-up at the 7:44 mark. Baulkman credited seven points in that span.

Six ties followed with the final plateau coming with 2:31 remaining in the game. Baulkman nailed a go-ahead three-pointer, on the feed from Irvin, and the Knicks played in the forefront until the final buzzer.

Only eight Westchester Knicks were active with Two-Way players Isaiah Hicks and Kadeem Allen transferred to the New York Knicks and John Jenkins on a 10-Day contract with the Washington Wizards.

LAST MEETING

On December 1, 2018, the Westchester Knicks (10-3), the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knicks, beat the Greensboro Swarm (4-7), 110-99 for their fifth straight victory Saturday evening at The Fieldhouse.

Billy Garrett and Isaiah Hicks scored 25 and 24 respective points. Hicks also grabbed 13 rebounds. New Orleans Pelicans Flex Assignee, Kenrich Williams, soared for a game-high 15 rebounds and contributed 11 points off the bench. Kadeem Allen pitched in a G League career-high 11 assists.

For the Swarm, Dwayne Bacon, JP Macura and Devonte Graham each ended with 17 points. Bacon added eight boards and Macura was the team's assists leader with five.

The game endured seven ties and ten lead changes with competitive leads, Knicks by 12 and Swarm by eight. The Swarm shot 40-percent from deep but the Knicks managed a 51.6-percent shooting clip from the field. Westchester also benefited 21 points off of Greensboro's 16 miscues.

COMPARISON

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

AROUND THE LEAGUE

Stephen Zimmerman ranks 12th in the league with a 58.3 field goal percentage with at least 12 games played (as of 2/2).

Zak Irvin ranks 18th in the league with a 56.2 field goal percentage with at least 12 games played (as of 2/2).

Jameel Warney ranks 13th in the league with 201 made field goals (as of 2/2).

Kadeem Allen ranks 27th in the league with 178 made field goals (as of 2/2).

Billy Garrett ranks 29th in the league with an 84.4 free-throw percentage (as of 2/2).

Jameel Warney ranks 23rd in the league with 65 total offensive rebounds (as of 2/2).

Stephen Zimmerman ranks 27th in the league with 204 total rebounds (as of 2/2).

Jameel Warney ranks 28th in the league with 203 total rebounds (as of 2/2).

Kadeem Allen ranks 16th in the league with 6.3 assists per game (as of 2/2).

Zak Irvin ranks 16th in the league with 8.6 rebounds per game (as of 2/2).

Zak Irvin ranks 23rd in the league with 2.5 offensive rebounds per game (as of 2/2).

Jameel Warney ranks 27th in the league with 1.5 steals per game (as of 2/2).

FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING

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

FROM THREE

The Knicks are averaging 9.5 made three-point field goals through the last four 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 made three-point field goals in the last five.

PAUL IN ON THE ACTION

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 11.7 points in Westchester's last three which marks the most second-most for him in a three-game span this season. Watson averaged 13.0 ppg 1/11-1/16.

WINNERS SHOOT THEY SHOT

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

When Westchester is ahead at the start of the second quarter, the team is 14-9. When the team is behind, they are 3-5. When Westchester is ahead at the start of the third quarter, the team is 15-7. 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 4-12.

THIRD QUARTER WOE

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.

SHOW OUT BENCH

The Westchester bench generated 53 of the team's 119 total points against Grand Rapids Drive (12/15). A game before that, against Fort Wayne (12/13), the Knicks bench totaled a season-high 62 points while the team scored 131 as a whole. Before Delaware (1/19), the Knicks bench was accounting for 41.3-percent of the team's offense 442 of 1,069 total points) in eight games. Versus Delaware (1/19), the Knicks bench added a season-low nine points and followed that up with 16 points against Windy City (1/21). Since Delaware (1/19), the bench has accounted for 25.4-percent of the team's offense (186 of 732 total points). Conversely, the Knicks' starters in the last five games are accounting for 74.6-percent of the team's offense.

OPPONENTS AT THE LINE

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.

BILLY GARR3TT

Billy Garrett netted three triples against Grand Rapids (2/1) which tied a career-high matched six other times and four times this season. His six triples from 1/25-1/26 are the most by Garrett in a two-game span. In the window, he was shooting 66.7-percent from three.

CARELESSNESS WITH THE BALL

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

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

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. In their last two, the Knicks are shooting 46.2-percent from the field and 27.1-percent from three.

MIKE IS A WINNER

Head coach Mike Miller is 99-86 over his four-year tenure with Westchester.

GIVING UP LEADS

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

Westchester is averaging 5.3 fastbreak points in its last four games. Its opponents are averaging 13.5 fastbreak points.

THE THREE BALL

The Knicks are only generating 333 points from three-point territory in losses which accounts for 22.3-percent of the team's offense. In those same losses, its opponents are generating 564 points from the perimeter which accounts for 32.7-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.

CAREER SEKOU

Sekou Wiggs' nine rebounds against Sioux Falls (1/26) tabbed a new career-high for the guard. He's grabbed six or more rebounds five times this season. His 22 points against Raptors (1/28) marked a career-high.

SCORING WIGGS

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.

WARNEY WINS

Jameel Warney's 17.5 points per game in Knicks wins is second leading on the team, having played in four of those games. Isaiah Hicks averages 18.3 points in 14 victories. Billy Garrett is averaging 15.4 points in wins.

TAKING GOOD SHOTS

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 37.5-percent from the field in his last three.

SEKOU FOR THREE

Sekou Wiggs drained four triples against Sioux Falls (1/26) which tabbed a new career-high for the guard and did so on 44.4-percent shooting. He's netted multiple threes in one game four times this season.

ZAK ON THE BOARDS

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.

THAT'S THE BILLY WE KNOW

Billy Garrett scored 14 points against Texas (1/16) which marked the first time he was able to score in double-figures since tallying 14 against Fort Wayne (1/2). Garrett has put together six streaks of 10-plus points which ranged from two consecutive games to five. He is currently riding a five-game streak of scoring double-figures.

PAUL ON DEFENSE

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

WARNEY BUCKETS

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

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

ZAK ZAK

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 twelve occasions.

GARRETT IN WINS AND LOSSES

Billy Garrett is scoring 15.5 points on 51.6-percent per Knicks win as the team's third-leading scorer, but first with at least 19 games played. Garrett is averaging 10.5 points on 40.4-percent per Knicks loss.

WE HAVE TO CONVERT

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). Against Delaware, the team went 16-for-18 from the free-throw line (88.9%). The last time the team shot better came against Grand Rapids (12/15) when the team went 33-for-34 (97.1%) which also resulted in a win.

THAT WAS THEN

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.

MORE POSSESSIONS

The Knicks' 27 second-chance points scored against Windy City (1/21) marked a season-high for the club and accounted for 28.7-percent of the team's offense. Zak Irvin hauled a game-high four offensive rebounds against the Bulls. The team has scored 20 or more second-chance points four other times this season including its most recent outing-Sioux Falls (1/26) where they scored 24. Irvin had five offensive boards and Jameel Warney had four.

OPEN COURT

The Knicks have scored 10 or more points in fastbreak situations 14 times this season. Its opponents have done it 24 times this season.

PUTTIN' POINTS ON THE BOARD

Westchester has put up 100-plus points in seven of its last nine games. This follows a two-game span (1/6-1/11) where the team averaged just 93.5 points per game. When the Knicks score under 100 points, they are 3-7. When they hold their opponent to under 100 points, the team is 10-3.

THE DEFENSE

Westchester Knicks' opponents are averaging 103.1 points per game in the Knicks' last seven. Three of the Knicks' last seven opponents scored 100-plus points. This follows a three-game span where Knicks' opponents averaged 124.3 points per game. The Knicks went winless in that window.

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. The team is averaging 4.3 blocks in its last four going 2-2.

PLAYING INSIDE

The Knicks have edged their opponents in the paint in ten of their last twelve games with the one game being equal. Considering the twelve-game window, the Knicks points in the paint accounts for 50.6-percent of their offense (634-of-1,253 points). Its opponents benefit 40.8-percent of its points inside (528-of-1,295 points).

SCARED OF REJECTION

Westchester failed to complete a block against Texas (1/16) which marked the first time this season the team went an entire game without tallying at least one. The game before that, the team registered two against Salt Lake City (1/14) which tied a then-season low. From 12-27 to 1/11, the team averaged 7.4 blocks per game. Against Memphis (1/25), the team failed to complete a block.

As of January 14, the Knicks ranked sixth in the league with 6.2 blocks per game.

ZIMM ZIMMA

From 1/21-1/23, Stephen Zimmerman was shooting 55.6-percent averaged 10.5 points in the span. He is also averaged eight rebounds and 2.5 on the offensive glass. Zimmerman's 13 points scored against the Raptors (1/23) marked the first time he scored in double-figures since reaching 11 against Rio Grande Valley (1/11). That performance capped a three-game streak. He tallied 14 points against Memphis (1/25).

WHO'S GONNA STEP UP

To start the season, John Jenkins led the team for three games straight. In November, Jenkins, Isaiah Hicks, Luke Kornet and Billy Garrett each took command of the scoring. December saw five different top scorers. In January, six different Knicks (Jenkins, Zak Irvin, Sekou Wiggs, Kadeem Allen, Jameel Warney, Billy Garrett) led the team in scoring.

20 OR MORE

Isaiah Hicks has scored 20-plus points eight times this season.

BILLY THE STARTER

Garrett has started the last nine games for Westchester. In the span, Garrett is averaging 14.3 points, 2.9 rebounds and 3.6 assists.

WINS AND LOSSES

The Knicks are scoring 110.7 points per win and 99.7 points per loss. Its opponents are scoring 98.9 points per Knicks win and 110.3 points per Knicks loss.

ZAK ON THE GLASS

Zak Irvin is averaging 8.8 rebounds per Knicks win as the Knicks leading rebounder.

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.

HICKS IN WINS AND LOSSES

Isaiah Hicks is averaging 18.3 points in 14 wins and 13.8 points in nine setbacks.

CHARITY STRIPE

The Knicks are shooting 75.9-percent from the free-throw line in wins and 71.5-percent in losses.

VICTORY THREE

The Knicks are shooting 37-percent from three in wins and 31.1-percent from three in losses.

BAULK FOR THREE

Devon Baulkman's four threes against Salt Lake City (1/14) tied his career-high. All of his points came from the perimeter. He netted three triples against the Raptors (1/23).

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.

WELCOME JAMEEL WARNEY

On January 8, the Westchester Knicks, the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knicks, traded Xavier Rathan-Mayes to the Texas Legends in exchange for Jameel Warney.

Jameel Warney, 6'7 259, came to Westchester after appearing in 22 games this season for the Texas Legends, the official NBA G League affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks. He was averaging 13.7 on 43-percent shooting (seventh-best on the team) and 6.8 rebounds (third-best on the team).

THAT WAS CLOSE

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.

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.

SHOWCASE LEADERS

John Jenkins led the team in Vegas with 19.5 ppg on 45.2-percent shooting. Jenkins shot 40-percent from three as one of only five Knicks to connect from long range. His 5.5 apg ranked second on the team.

Stephen Zimmerman was the team's leading rebounder with 9.5 rpg during the Showcase, including six total on the offensive glass. Zimmerman earned one start and tied for third with 13.5 ppg.

Kadeem Allen led the Knicks in assists with 8.0 apg.

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.

THE COACH'S CHALLENGE

The coach's challenge was revised so that teams receive only one challenge per game, to be used at any point during regulation or overtime periods. Only fouls called, goaltending/basket interference and out-of-bounds calls may be challenged.

TWO-WAY PLAYERS

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.

Isaiah Hicks and Kadeem Allen are under Two-Way Contract via the New York Knicks.

SUCCESS STORY

On December 13, the New York Knicks announced that the team signed guard Allonzo Trier to an NBA contract. With this signing, Trier becomes the first two-way player to sign a guaranteed NBA contract within the first two months of the season. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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.


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