OSHKOSH, Wis. – The Westchester Knicks (29-16), the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knicks, became the first team to lock in a spot in the 2018 NBA G League Playoffs and did so with a new franchise record 29th win over the Wisconsin Herd (20-25), the Milwaukee Bucks’ affiliate. The final score: 124-103.
Knicks Two-Way player Isaiah Hicks led all scorers in the game with 29 points, four rebounds and assists, and three blocked shots. Guard Billy Garrett contributed 22 points with three rebounds and two each of assists and steals, while big man Adam Woodbury notched a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds with an added two blocks. Guard Sekou Wiggs fell one assist short of a double-double and one point shy of what would have been his fourth 16-point game in a row, as he finished with 15 points, nine assists, and six rebounds. From the pine, guard Zak Irvin provided 16 points with four rebounds and two each of assists and steals, while guard Devon Baulkman supplied 11 points, also with two each of assists and steals.
James Blackmon Jr. led Wisconsin from the bench with 20 points, hitting 8-of-10 from the field and 4-of-6 from beyond the arc. Forward D.J. Wilson provided 19 points with five rebounds, Joel Bolomboy and Kyle Casey each supplying with 10 points. Bucks Two-Way player Xavier Munford finished with 18 points, six assists, and five rebounds while his fellow Two-Way player – and Westchester Knicks alum – Marshall Plumlee finished with 15 points and eight rebounds from the bench.
The first quarter set a tone of excitement as neither team led by more than four points while trading leads five times, with five ties. Billy Garrett followed up his 29-point performance from Westchester’s last game by scoring the first seven points for the Knicks, and his squad went into the second quarter up by one. Wisconsin stayed competitive in the second with the help of a 12-point quarter from James Blackmon Jr., the Herd even taking over the lead momentarily off a Blackmon Jr. three. It only lasted one possession though as Westchester promptly used an 8-0 run to take what was its largest lead of the game, a six-point advantage. That lead would extend to seven on the final possession of the half, and the Knicks went into the locker room up 61-54.
Westchester carried its momentum into the second half, exploding for a 40-point third quarter of which was a true team contribution. Hitting 13-of-19 shots (68 percent), the Knicks hit 4-of-6 from downtown while forcing four turnovers for an added 10 points. Outscoring Wisconsin by 17 points, Westchester went into the final quarter with 24 points of breathing room. While the Herd actually beat out the Knicks by three points in the fourth, Westchester continued to take advantage of its opponents turnovers, gaining an extra 13 points from seven of them. Going up by as many as 28 points, the Knicks were able to finish with a comfortable 21-point win, officially making this season its winningest.