PORTLAND, Maine — The Maine Red Claws, presented by Unum, used a strong second half to defeat the Westchester Knicks at the Portland Expo Thursday night, 110-94. Maine improves to 25-17 with the win, and positions themselves 2 games ahead of the Delaware 87ers for the Atlantic Division lead with 8 games to play.
Marcus Georges-Hunt led Maine and all scorers tonight with 27 points on 10/16 shooting, while dishing out 9 assists. Jalen Jones added 25 points for Maine on 9/16 shooting and had a double-double with 10 rebounds. Arthur Edwards came off the bench for Maine and had a bench high 14 points on 3/5 shooting. Demetrius Jackson, on assignment from the Boston Celtics, scored 13 points and dished out 9 assists, while Coron Williams added 12 points off the bench.
In the 1st quarter, Georges-Hunt kicked the scoring off for both teams, hitting a deep straight away three pointer to give Maine a 3-0 lead. Georges-Hunt scored his second bucket of the quarter on a layup setup on a no-look pass from Jackson, and after the play Westchester’s coach Mike Miller called a timeout – the score was 9-6 Maine. Westchester tied the game up halfway through the quarter on a jump hook from Keith Wright, the score was 14-14. Georges-Hunt paced Maine in the 1st scoring 11 of the teams 27 points, they were tied with Westchester at 27-27 heading into the 2nd quarter.
In the 2nd, Westchester took the lead on their first possession coming on a jumper made by Courtney Fells. Maine took the lead back on a three pointer from Georges-Hunt, and on the following possession Doron Lamb tied the game at 33-33. Coron Williams hit back-to-back three-pointers for Maine that gave them the lead 39-37, after Westchester had led by as much as 4 points. John Jenkins hit a tough fade away jumper halfway through the 2nd that tied the game at 45-45. Maine and Westchester finished the quarter how they started tied heading into the 3rd quarter, 59-59.
In the 3rd quarter, Westchester scored the first 6 points to take a 65-59 lead over Maine after a layup from Jenkins. Georges-Hunt continued to score for the Red Claws, making a layup and a free throw to cut the Knicks lead down to 5, 69-64 with 7:40 left in the quarter. Damien Inglis went coast to coast for a layup that gave Westchester their largest lead of the game to that point, 76-67. Georges-Hunt finished a tough layup to cap a 7-0 run from Maine, which brought the Knicks lead back to 2 points, 76-74. Maine took the lead back after Edwards nailed a three, which gave Maine a 79-78 lead. Edwards hit another three pointer with 5.5 seconds left in the quarter to give Maine an 85-80 lead heading to the 4th.
In the 4th Jones scored the first bucket on a tough turn around that propelled Maine to a 7-point lead, 87-80. Georges-Hunt hit a three pointer a few possessions later that gave Maine their largest lead to that point of 10, 92-82. Halfway through the quarter Westchester got the Maine lead back under 10, as Keith Wright hit a layup and was fouled, connecting on the free throw which made the score 98-91. With just under 4 minutes to play in the game Maine held a 13-point lead, 104-91. Jackson nailed a three pointer of his own which gave Maine a 107-91 lead over Westchester with 2:39 left to play. The Red Claws would go on to win this one running away. Maine was 40/75 (53.3%) from the floor tonight, while going 16/32 (50%) from downtown, and 14/20 from the line. Westchester was 41/90 (45.6%) from the floor, 4/16 (25%) from three-point land, and 8/14 from the free throw line.