Westchester Knicks Light up Salt Lake City Stars in Fiery Home Win
WHITE PLAINS, NY, December 19, 2017 - The Westchester Knicks (14-6), the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knickerbockers, put itself back in the win column with a 98-83 win over the Salt Lake City Stars (3-16), the Utah Jazz's affiliate, after returning home from a 3-1 road trip.
Knicks affiliate Trey Burke paced Westchester for the eighth game in a row, knocking down 28 points with six assists, three rebounds, and two assists. Knicks Two-Way player Isaiah Hicks recorded a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds while blocking three shots; Nigel Hayes just missing one with 11 points and nine rebounds. Billy Garrett supplied 13 points with four rebounds from the bench and Paul Watson, starting in place of injured Two-Way player Luke Kornet, contributed nine points, six rebounds, and two steals.
Jermaine Taylor led the Stars with 19 points, adding five rebounds and two each of assists and steals. Taylor Braun notched a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds with four assists. Torian Graham provided 14 points and three rebounds off the bench, while Michael Qualls, who was ejected from the game in the middle of the fourth quarter. put up 13 points and four rebounds.
The Knicks dominated the first half, keeping the lead from the get-go and running up as much as a 26-point lead over the Stars. Not to be completely deterred, Salt Lake City fared better in the third quarter, cutting its deficit in more than half to 11 with 3:01 on the clock. The visitors remained there heading into the final twelve minutes, but it was as far as the score would stretch as Westchester used a 9-0 run to push its lead back up to 20. Just before the run, a double-technical for Westchester's Xavier Rathan-Mayes and Salt Lake City's Michael Qualls saw Qualls ejected from the game. Though tensions were high, the action on the court remained lopsided as the home team walked away with a 98-83 win.
The Westchester Knicks will face the Lakeland Magic, the Orlando Magic's affiliate, for a 7:00 p.m. ET matchup on Thursday, Dec. 21. The game will be available to stream live via MSG GO and Facebook Live. The Salt Lake City Stars also play Thursday as they return home to host the Sioux Falls Skyforce, the Miami Heat's affiliate, at 7:00 p.m. MT. That game will be streaming live on Twitch. Tickets for the 2017-18 Westchester Knicks season are on sale now at Ticketmaster outlets and the Westchester County Center Box Office. Full season membership, half season pick plans, five-game pick plans, and group tickets are also available. For all ticket information, visit WestchesterKnicks.com or call (914) 559-6889. Fans can stay up-to-date on team news by following the team at @wcknicks on Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat and on Facebook at facebook.com/wcknicks.
About the Westchester Knicks The NBA Gatorade League's Westchester Knicks basketball team, the official affiliate of the New York Knickerbockers, is part of The Madison Square Garden Company. The Company (MSG) is a world leader in live sports and entertainment experiences. The company presents or hosts a broad array of premier events in its diverse collection of iconic venues: New York's Madison Square Garden, The Theater at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall and Beacon Theatre; the Forum in Inglewood, CA; The Chicago Theatre; and the Wang Theatre in Boston. Other MSG properties include legendary sports franchises: the New York Knicks (NBA), the New York Rangers (NHL) and the New York Liberty (WNBA); two development league teams -- the Westchester Knicks (NBAGL) and the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL); and one of the leading North American esports organizations, Counter Logic Gaming. In addition, the Company features the popular original production - the Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes - and through Boston Calling Events, produces outdoor festivals, including New England's preeminent Boston Calling Music Festival. Also under the MSG umbrella is TAO Group, a world-class hospitality group with globally-recognized entertainment dining and nightlife brands: Tao, Marquee, Lavo, Avenue, The Stanton Social, Beauty & Essex and Vandal. More information is available at www.themadisonsquaregardencompany.com.
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