BRIDGEPORT, CT – March 16, 2022 – The Westchester Knicks, the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knicks, defeated the Long Island Nets, 118-114, in a Wednesday matinee at Total Mortgage Arena. Knicks settle brief two-game slide.
Seven players scored in double-digits for the Knicks (13-12), with Tyler Hall (returning rights) leading the way with 25 points, his sixth 20-point game this season, and four assists. Louis King (returning rights) and Tra Holder (available player pool) each dropped 19 points, with King adding eight rebounds to his line. MJ Walker (Affiliate) continued his strong play with 16 points. Dewan Hernandez (returning rights) chipped in with 15 points and nine rebounds. Coming off the bench, Allen Crabbe (waivers) and Aamir Simms (Affiliate) scored 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Long Island (16-11) was led by 30 points and 22 rebounds, both game-highs, from Day’Ron Sharpe. Craig Randall II had 29 points, and Brandon Rachal went for 16 points.
The visitors scored the game’s opening basket and held on to their early lead in a tightly contested first period. Long Island led 29-24 after one.
Westchester scored five straight points to tie the game 29-up with 11:04 on the clock in the second. Nearly two minutes later, the hosts took their first lead of the contest, 36-34, at the 9:18 mark of the quarter. The Knicks led 50-42 with 3:44 to go until the break which established their largest lead through the first two periods. Westchester grasped a 58-55 lead at the half.
After the Nets took a brief one-point edge with 10:19 left in the third, the hosts scored eight unanswered points to make it 68-61 at the 9:02 mark and regain control of the contest. The Knicks opened the game’s first double-digit advantage, 87-76, with 3:24 remaining in the quarter. The home team led 95-86 heading into the fourth.
In the final frame, Long Island used a 12-2 run to open the period to go ahead by one with 6:39 left to play. Both sides went back-and-forth throughout the period and deadlocked scoring, 114-up, with 80 seconds to go. Hernandez finished at the cup and Holder sank two free-throws to seal the four-point victory.
The Knicks will travel for a matchup with the Windy City Bulls on Sunday, March 20 at 2 PM ET.
Tyler Hall Leads Knicks to Victory with 25 PTS and 4 Threes – https://youtu.be/8oJkXv6pcgI
Louis King Comes Up with 19 PTS and 8 Rebounds in Knicks Win – https://youtu.be/WKfGMgwnDrc
Tra Holder Puts Up 19 PTS in Westchester Win Against Long Island – https://youtu.be/0TKgb99OFJE