WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — The Westchester Knicks (24-14), the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knicks, dropped its second game in a row in a down-to-the-wire 96-95 loss against the Delaware 87ers (11-23), the Philadelphia 76ers’ affiliate.
James Young paced Delaware with 21 points, 11 coming from the fourth quarter alone, to go with seven rebounds. Shawn Long recorded a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds. Christian Wood provided 15 points, including two free throws in the final seconds, and grabbed seven rebounds. Askia Booker knocked in 17 points with five assists. Cameron Oliver supplied 13 points from the bench, while Two-Way player Devin Robinson finished with nine points and three assists.
Knicks affiliate player Xavier Rathan-Mayes led all scorers with 23 points, recording his thirteenth double-double of the season with 10 rebounds along with five each of assists and steals. Fellow Knicks affiliate Nigel Hayes supplied 17 points, eight rebounds, and five assists in the loss. Paul Watson and Billy Garrett each contributed 14 points, while Jordan Henriquez-Roberts came up with 10 from the bench. Center Adam Woodbury, making his first start of the season, grabbed 13 rebounds with five points.
Westchester opened the game on a 15-6 run to take an early nine-point lead. Delaware recovered with a quick eight points to pull back within two; the Knicks ultimately holding a four-point lead after the first 12 minutes. The 87ers took charge to start the second, pulling up to a four-point lead with an 11-3 start. Not to be outdone, the Knicks went on another run of its own, going 16-4 to go back up by eight, but Delaware responded with a 9-0 run to close the quarter leading by one.
Westchester came out of the locker room hot, taking a 16-point lead by outscoring the 87ers 28-11 through the first eight and a half minutes. By the end of third, the Knicks held a 12-point lead. Delaware pulled back within three after starting the fourth on a 7-0 run – a precursor to an explosive 31-point quarter. The 87ers took back the lead with 4:47 to go, and a back-and-forth ensued as the teams traded the lead over the next eight possessions. At the end, it was a foul drawn by Westchester that gave Delaware the ultimate one-point advantage as Wood sank both of his shots.