LAKELAND, FL – The Westchester Knicks, the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knicks, ended a two-game slide with a 112-106 win over the Lakeland Magic, Saturday evening at RP Funding Center.
In a matchup featuring two of the league’s best defensive teams, three misses by Lakeland (12-10) and two by Westchester (11-3) prohibited scoring for about the first two minutes. Lamar Peters severed the drought draining a three-pointer at 10:14 to roll out scoring by either team and another less than two minutes later to put the Knicks up two, 6-4. The Magic responded with an 8-0 run that included a three from Hassani Gravett and Andrew Rowsey, the team’s premier shooters, to put the hosts ahead by six, 12-6 at 7:17.
Amid a 12-6 run by the Knicks, New York Knicks assignee Ignas Brazdeikis scored seven of the team’s points to knot scoring at 18-up at 3:49. Near balanced scoring for the duration of the period saw the two clubs separated by just two points, the Knicks owning the 32-30 lead.
The Knicks opened up an eight-point lead in the second, its largest before the break, in the last two minutes of the half. The Knicks would maintain that threshold heading into the locker-room, 62-54.
Zak Irvin drove to the cup at the 7:11 mark of the third quarter rewarding Westchester its largest lead all game up 17, 75-58. Vic Law and Gravett added eight and seven points, respectively, for the rest of the quarter and the Magic owed just ten points before the fourth began, 90-80.
Kenny Wooten credited a slam but was the only hint of Knicks’ offense for about the first five minutes of the final period. Subsequently, the Magic filed 10 points to fill all but two of their deficit at 7:08. Both teams traded baskets for the next two minutes. Westchester opened up another double-digit lead in large part to Wooten adding six points by the 1:33 mark. A pair of three-point heaves and trips to the foul line for Lakeland paled a successful comeback and six-point setback charged Lakeland its only loss of the three-game series.
Brazdeikis registered a double-double made up of team-highs of 21 points, 14 rebounds and matched with five assists. Peters scored 20 points and dished five helpers. Wooten matched his career-high, 18 points, for a third time this season to go along with nine boards.
Law (28) and Rowsey (27) led the Magic in scoring. Roswey nailed four triples.