Westchester Knicks Rule All Four Quarters in Victory over Fort Wayne
FORT WAYNE, IN - The Westchester Knicks (15-8), the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knickerbockers, had two of its players notch career-high scoring in a 129-116 road win against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (11-9), the Indiana Pacers' affiliate.
Knicks affiliate player Xavier Rathan-Mayes poured in a career-high 33 points on 13-for-21 shooting on top of six rebounds, five steals, and three assists. Forward Paul Watson, starting in place of an injured Isaiah Hicks, hit 8-of-11 including 4-of-5 from beyond the arc to etch his new career-high. Knicks affiliate and two-time NBA G League Player of the Week Trey Burke finished with 28 points and four assists, Nigel Hayes with 14 points and five rebounds, while Two- Way player Luke Kornet supplied 16 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists.
Walter Lemon Jr. and DeQuan Jones paced Fort Wayne with 22 points each, Lemon Jr. adding seven assists while Jones grabbed 10 rebounds for a double-double. Stephan Hicks was just shy of a double-double of his own, contributing 20 points with nine rebounds. From the pine, Trey McKinney-Jones contributed 19 points and Ben Moore finished with 13.
Westchester's Luke Kornet put the first two points in on the first possession in the game, the beginning of what would be a Knicks reign. Though its lead stayed within five for the first half of the first quarter, Westchester broke away with a 14-6 run to take its first double-digit lead of the game and headed into the second with an eight-point lead. The Knicks held its comfortable lead until the Mad Ants used an 8-0 run to come back within one, but Westchester answered back with a 12-2 run of its own to push the lead back to double-digits. By the end of the first half, Fort Wayne trailed by eight.
The Mad Ants gave its all in the third quarter, actually outscoring the Knicks by one point. But to Fort Wayne's chagrin, Westchester's Trey Burke also came alive in the third, the guard scoring 11 points as a prequel to his 17 in the fourth.
Coupled with Rathan-Mayes' 14 in the final quarter - a combined 48 points in the second half for the duo - the Knicks proved to be too much for the battling Mad Ants as the home team ultimately fell by 13 points.
The Westchester Knicks will return back to New York, but remain on the road, to face the Long Island Nets, the Brooklyn Nets' affiliate, on Friday, Dec. 29 at 7:00 p.m. ET. The game will be streamed live on Twitch, the world's leading social video service and community for gamers with 15 million daily active users. 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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