EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — The Westchester Knicks (13-5), the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knickerbockers, hit 16 3-pointers to take its fourth win in a row and third on the road, besting the South Bay Lakers (11-4), the Los Angeles Lakers’ affiliate, 119-113.
Westchester’s trio of affiliate players: Trey Burke, Xavier Rathan-Mayes, and Nigel Hayes, combined for 84 points in the win. Burke finished with a game-high 34 points, adding on seven assists and three steals. Rathan-Mayes notched a double-double of 26 points and 11 assists, rounding out his game with seven rebounds. Hayes supplied 24 points, hitting 6-of-7 from beyond the arc.
South Bay center Thomas Bryant had a team-high 32 points, falling just short of a double-double with nine rebounds on top of five assists. Lakers two-way player Alex Caruso did complete a double-double, contributing 14 points and 12 rebounds to go with four steals. His fellow Two-Way player Vander Blue finished with 12 points while former New York Knick Travis Wear provided 18 points and nine rebounds.
The Lakers went on a 9-2 run to start the game before Westchester’s Xavier Rathan-Mayes broke it up with a three – the first of six in the first quarter for the Knicks and one of three for Rathan-Mayes. A 14-point quarter from Trey Burke put the visitors ahead by seven after one. Westchester continued to rain threes into the half; Nigel Hayes sinking 4-for-4 within the first five minutes of the second quarter and going 5-for-6 in total. The hot trio combined for 63 of the Knicks’ 67 points in the first half, holding a 16-point lead over South Bay.
After trailing by as many as 19 points, the Lakers came back within just one in the last seconds of the third quarter. Carrying that momentum into the fourth, South Bay tied it up 85-85 with just over ten minutes left off a three from Scott Machado, then took the lead on a Thomas Bryant triple. Threes would sway in Westchester’s favor though, as the Knicks used the shot as ammunition to come back each time the Lakers tied or took the lead. When South Bay came within one possession with 32.1 seconds on the clock, Burke delivered one final blow with a hit from behind the circle at the 11-second mark, and it was all over for the Lakers.
The Westchester Knicks will make a quick trip to the other California team as it wraps up its four-game West Coast road trip against the Santa Cruz Warriors, the Golden State Warriors’ affiliate, tomorrow, Dec. 16 at 10:00 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on MSG+, streaming live via MSG GO and Facebook Live, and for the first time, streaming on Twitch. Games on Twitch will include live fan commentary and cutting-edge interactive stats, co-streams, chat, the ability to earn loyalty points, and more.