Meet the No. 3 Erie BayHawks
NBA Affiliate: Atlanta Hawks
Regular Season Record: 28-22
Key Stat: 6.4 blocks per game (2nd in NBA G League)
Meet the No. 4 Raptors 905
NBA Affiliate: Toronto Raptors
Regular Season Record: 31-19
Key Stat: 97.3 points against per game (1st in NBA G League)
Season Series: Raptors 905 wins 3-0
Game 1: Raptors 905 100, Erie 85
Bruno Caboclo (905): 22 points, 4 rebounds, 2 blocks
Raphiael Putney (ERI): 17 points, 10 rebounds
Game 2: Raptors 905 103, Erie 97
Malcolm Miller (905): 24 points, 8 rebounds
Jaylen Morris (ERI): 20 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists
Game 2: Raptors 905 104, Erie 94
Malcolm Miller (905): 28 points, 8 rebounds
Jeremy Evans (ERI): 20 points, 9 rebounds
How They Got Here
Erie BayHawks: Erie may have started the season slow, dropping its first four games and starting the first 15 games at 5-10, but the Atlanta Hawks affiliate heated up in January, going on an 11-3 run from Dec. 28-Feb. 2.
Hawks two-way player Josh Magette has become the leader of the BayHawks, having experienced four seasons in the NBA G League, including a run to the NBA G League Finals with the then-Los Angeles D-Fenders in 2016. Erie ranks fifth in assists per game (23.9) this season, in large part due to Magette’s league-leading 10.2 dimes per contest.
As the third-seeded team in the Eastern Conference, the BayHawks were able to host a Round 1 game, taking care of business in a tight 96-90 victory over the Lakeland Magic. Magette led the way with 18 points, four rebounds and six assists in the contest, while John Gillon also went for 20 points. In the second round, the BayHawks traveled to take on the No. 2 Fort Wayne Mad Ants. The BayHawks got off to a terrific start, scoring a season-high 73 points in the opening half. Despite the late Mad Ants comeback, Erie held on for the 119-116 victory, led by Magette’s 21 points, four rebounds, 12 assists and two steals.
Raptors 905: The defending NBA G League champions, the Toronto affiliate finished second behind the Westchester Knicks in the Atlantic Division. They finished the regular season with an impressive 18-7 record at home, and won seven of their last ten games.
Raptors 905 opened up the playoffs with a first-round matchup with the Detroit Pistons’ affiliate, the Grand Rapids Drive, in the No. 4/No. 5 duel in the Eastern Conference. The game went back and forth, but a strong fourth quarter and some clutch baskets from Toronto Raptors two-way player Lorenzo Brown (24 points, 7 assists) lifted the 905 to a 92-88 victory.
In the second round, the 905 took on the top overall seeded Knicks, winning in comeback fashion. After trailing at halftime, Brown (18 points, seven rebounds, seven assists) led the 905 to a 12-point victory, as they outscored the Knicks 26-16 in the fourth quarter.
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