WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — The Long Island Nets got 26 points from Isaiah Whitehead and 22 from Milton Doyle and held on to beat the New York Knicks 99-95 on Thursday night, the second Nets’ win over the Knicks in three days. Each of the losses postponed the Knicks’ clinching of a playoff spot.
On assignment from Brooklyn, Isaiah Whitehead paced the Nets with 26 points, four rebounds, and three each of steals and rebounds. Two-Way player Milton Doyle notched a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds, also contributing seven assists and three steals. Nets affiliate player Kamari Murphy also nabbed a double-double, his with 12 points and rebounds, while Two-Way player James Webb III supplied 14 points with four assists.
Knicks guard Billy Garrett broke his career-high of 26 points, finishing with 29 tonight to go with five assists and four rebounds. Guard Sekou Wiggs scored 16 points for the third game in a row, also supplying six assists, four rebounds, and three steals. Paul Watson and Zak Irvin contributed 10 points each, Watson also with five rebounds and Irvin also with four steals and three rebounds. From the pine, Devon Baulkman provided 11 points and Jordan Henriquez-Roberts chipped in eight points with 10 rebounds.
Long Island came out hot, drawing up a quick 14-point lead highlighted by four consecutive shots from beyond the arc, three of which came from James Webb III. The Nets held a double-digit lead for most of the quarter, though both teams were putting up enough shots to end at a lofty 41-31. Battling back in the second quarter, Westchester pulled within one with just over seven minutes left in the half, and again midway through, before Long Island took off on an 8-0 run. Pulling back in to close the quarter, the Knicks trailed by just five at the half, the score 60-55.
Westchester tied it up three times in the first part of the third quarter, but the Nets maintained at most times a one-possession lead. Knicks big man Jordan Henriquez-Roberts wanted none of that and laid one in to give Westchester its first lead since the very first possession of the game. After outscoring Long Island 26-18 in the third, the Knicks held a three-point advantage heading into the final quarter.
The Nets took its lead back with 9:37 on the clock, the teams trading leads four more times throughout the fourth. With just 2:15 to go, the teams were knotted at 91.
A controversial foul from Westchester’s Billy Garrett put Whitehead at the line, where he sank both free throws to put his team up two. He then gave his team another two points off a layup but Knicks guard Sekou Wiggs answered with one of his own. Two fouls on Westchester followed, Shannon Scott going 4-for-4 from the line, and a last-second driver from Wiggs was too little too late as Long Island once again spoiled the Knicks’ chance to clinch a playoff berth.