WHITE PLAINS, NY. — The Westchester Knicks (25-14), the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knicks, will head into the All-Star break on a high after besting the Delaware 87ers (11-24), the Philadelphia 76ers’ affiliate, with a final score of 114-97.
Knicks affiliate Xavier Rathan-Mayes broke his own season-high record of 33 points with 34 tonight, also recording seven assists, five rebounds, and three steals. Billy Garrett knocked in 25 points, while Knicks affiliate Nigel Hayes supplied 13 points, five rebounds, and two each of steals and assists. From the bench, Devon Baulkman notched a new season-high 18 points to go with six rebounds and two assists.
Delaware’s Shawn Long paced the 87ers with 31 points, recording a double-double with 11 rebounds. Christian Wood poured in 21 points with three rebounds; Devin Robinson and Askia Booker each providing nine points.
Shawn Long knocked in the first three buckets for Delaware on his way to a 16-point first quarter, but Westchester battled through to end the first twelve minutes down just two. After a back-and-forth second with neither team leading by more than five, the Knicks held a three-point advantage at the half.
Everything changed in the third quarter to the 87ers’ dismay and to the Knicks’ advantage. Outscoring the visitors 29-15, Westchester broke through and went into the final quarter with a comfortable 17-point lead. Though Delaware managed to match the Knicks in the fourth, both teams with a 22-point quarter, the damage from the third proved too much to overcome as Westchester took the game 114-97.
The Westchester Knicks will return to the historic Westchester County Center on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 7:00 p.m. against the Iowa Wolves, the Minnesota Timberwolves’ affiliate. The game will be broadcast on MSG Networks and will be streamed live via Facebook Live.
The Delaware 87ers will host the Greensboro Swarm, the Charlotte Hornets’ affiliate, at home on Monday, Feb. 12 at 7:00 p.m. That game will be will be streamed live via Facebook Live.