WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — The Westchester Knicks (3-1), the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knickerbockers, fell in heartbreaking fashion to the Grand Rapids Drive (4-0), the Detroit Pistons’ affiliate, in its home 2017-18 opener. After trailing by as many as 24 points, Grand Rapids used a powerful fourth quarter to ultimately win 97-95.
Knicks Two-Way player Isaiah Hicks led all scorers in the game with 35 points, notching his third double-double in a row with an added 10 rebounds. On assignment from the New York Knicks, guard Ron Baker scored 14 points with five steals while forward Damyean Dotson grabbed 12 rebounds with eight points and three steals. Luke Kornet, the Knicks’ additional Two-Way player, finished with 10 points and five rebounds, and Knicks affiliate player Trey Burke provided 11 assists with eight points.
Pistons Two-Way player Dwight Buycks finished with 30 points, five rebounds, and five assists while center Landry Nnoko gave a powerful 18 point, 17 rebound, double-double performance. Forward Derek Willis capped his night with 10 points and seven rebounds; Kenneth Smith coming off the bench with 11 points, eight rebounds, and six assists.
The Knicks jumped out to a quick 7-0 run and kept the lead through the entirety of the first three quarters. Throughout the third quarter, Westchester maintained a double-digit lead and up by 20 heading into the fourth, it looked as though the home team would come away with win number four.
Grand Rapids, also looking for its fourth win, changed the narrative in the final quarter. Using a 27-8 run, the Drive tied the game up with 2:54 on the clock while subsequently taking the lead with a three-pointer from reserve Zeke Upshaw. Westchester’s Isaiah Hicks got the crowd on its feet by sinking a three of his own with 7.0 seconds to go, tying the game up once again. But a tip-in from Drive center Landy Nnoko off a missed shot from Kenneth Smith at the final second gave Grand Rapids the comeback win.