The Long Island Nets (affiliate of the Brooklyn Nets) are set to host the Westchester Knicks (affiliate of the New York Knicks) in Friday’s Twitch matchup (7 PM ET). To get you set for the contest, let’s rewind to last season’s meetings between the two cross-town rivals.
The Long Island Nets took the first meeting between the two teams during the 2016-17 season in a tight battle at Barclays Center. Then-Brooklyn assignee Chris McCullough went for a double-double of 25 points and 11 rebounds, with three assists, while shooting 10-for-15 from the field. Dallas Mavericks guard and NBA G League alum, Yogi Ferrell, started for the Nets in the game, finishing with 13 points, seven assists and a rebound, while knocking down a pair of 3-pointers.
The Knicks’ offense was well balanced, with Courtney Fells leading the way with 21 points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals.
In the second matchup between the Nets and the Knicks, which was the front end of a home-and-home between the teams, the Nets came out with a dominant victory. Long Island was lead by big games from Cliff Alexander (27 points), RJ Hunter (23 points) and JJ Moore (20 points), while as a team they shot 57 percent from the field (50-for-88).
The Knicks couldn’t get things going, especially from the outside, hitting just 40 percent (37-93) from the field and 31 percent (4-for-13) from 3-point range. John Jenkins was a primary part of the Knicks’ offense that night, dropping a career-high 40 points in the loss.
Things went the complete other way when the Knicks returned home to host the Nets in the second of the home-and-home series with Long Island. The Knicks came out with the double-digit victory after a 4th quarter surge, where Westchester out-scored Long Island 42-26 in the final frame. Jenkins once again led the floor, with 28 points, five rebounds and four assists, while Doron Lamb also produced 25 points of his own.
The Nets shot well from the floor, but specifically couldn’t hit from deep. They knocked down just 28 percent (8-for-29) from beyond the arc. Trahson Burrell (23 points) and JJ Moore (21 points) led the Nets in scoring.
In the teams’ season finales, the Nets came out on top during another impressive offensive affair. Once again, Cliff Alexander (27 points), Trahson Burrell (25 points) and RJ Hunter (24 points) led the scoring for Long Island, while Boris Dallo dished out seven assists. The Nets, like the Knicks in the previous meeting, used a big 4th quarter to fuel the victory, out-scoring Westchester 29-17 in the final frame.
For the Knicks, Nikola Jovanovic and Jaylen Bond each had 22 points, while Travis Trice II had a double-double of 17 points and 10 assists. Bond also added 10 rebounds for a double-double.