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Game Preview: No. 4 Raptors 905 at No. 1 Westchester Knicks

By Drew Zlogar | April 2, 2018

Meet the No. 1 Westchester Knicks

NBA Affiliate: New York Knicks

Regular Season Record: 32-18

Key Stat: 38.7 percent three-point percentage (tied for 2nd in NBA G League)

 

Meet the No. 4 Raptors 905

NBA Affiliate: Toronto Raptors

Regular Season Record: 31-19

Key Stat: 97.3 points against per game (1st in NBA G League)

Season Series: Tied 2-2

Game 1: Raptors 905 92, Westchester Knicks 90 

Top Scorers

Bruno Caboclo (905): 22 points, 7 rebounds

Trey Burke (WCK): 23 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals

Game 2: Raptors 905 112, Westchester Knicks 109

Top Scorers

Lorenzo Brown (905): 29 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds

Luke Kornet (WCK): 24 points, 4 rebounds, 2 blocks

Game 3: Westchester Knicks 101, Raptors 905 99

Top Scorers

Xavier Rathan-Mayes (WCK): 26 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds

Lorenzo Brown (905): 30 points, 13 rebounds, 9 assists

Game 4: Westchester Knicks 110, Raptors 905 107

Top Scorers

Nigel Hayes (WCK): 27 points, 8 rebounds

Davion Berry (905): 25 points, 4 assists

 

How They Got Here

Westchester Knicks: The New York Knicks affiliate had a very impressive regular season, finishing with a 32-18 record — the best in franchise history. Westchester finished atop the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference, a game ahead of Conference Semifinals foe Raptors 905. The Knicks were far and away the best NBA G League team playing away from home this season, as they finished 19-6 in road games.

Their 105.2 points per game ranks only 19th best among all NBA G League teams, but they are efficient in their shot selection. At 47.0 percent shooting, Westchester is the seventh-ranked NBA G League team in terms of field goal percentage. They are marksmen shooting from behind the arc, as their 38.7 three-point field goal percentage ranks third around the league.

Raptors 905: The defending NBA G League champions, the affiliate team for the Toronto Raptors finished second behind the Westchester Knicks in the Atlantic Division. They finished the regular season with an impressive 18-7 record at home, and won seven of their last ten games.

Raptors 905 opened up the playoffs with a first-round matchup with the Detroit Pistons’ affiliate, the Grand Rapids Drive, in the No. 4/No. 5 duel in the Eastern Conference. The game went back and forth, but a strong fourth quarter and some clutch baskets from Toronto Raptors two-way player Lorenzo Brown (24 points, 7 assists) lifted the 905 to a 92-88 victory.

 

Players To Watch

Westchester Knicks

Xavier Rathan-Mayes

Nigel Hayes

Luke Kornet

Raptors 905

Lorenzo Brown

Kennedy Meeks

Alfonzo McKinnie

 

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