The Westchester Knicks entered the week with a 4-7 record and won their previous two games. The Knicks ended week four with an impressive 16-point victory over the Erie BayHawks and were looking to continue their winning ways in week five.
Westchester’s road trip continued last week with one game against the Long Island Nets at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum and one game against the Greensboro Swarm at the Greensboro Coliseum Fieldhouse. The G League announced the schedule and seeding for the Winter Showcase, which starts on Thursday, December 19th.
Westchester Makes Late Run Against Long Island Nets, Fall 119-106 In First Battle Of The ‘Burbs Meeting Of Season
The Long Island Nets jumped ahead in the first quarter and had a double digit lead through the first six minutes. While the Nets held a 19-point lead after three quarters, the Knicks cut their deficit to eight points around the four minute mark in the fourth quarter. Long Island maintained their lead until the final buzzer and walked away with the 119-106 victory in the first Battle Of The ‘Burbs meeting of the season.
The Knicks outscored the Nets 54-49 in the second half, while outscoring their opponents in bench points, 50-46.
Lamar Peters led Westchester with 25 points and nine assists on 6-of-10 from deep. Ivan Rabb recorded 20 points and 14 rebounds. Andrew White III finished with 13 points and six rebounds. Tim Bond tallied a season-high 13 points off the bench. Kadeem Allen recorded 11 points and six assists.
Six Knicks Score In Double Figures En Route To Third Victory In Four Games
Westchester outscored Greensboro in points in the paint, 66-50, and edged their opponents in bench points, 36-33. The Knicks outrebounded the Swarm, 55-37, while grabbing 17 offensive boards and putting up 21 second chance points.
Lamar Peters finished with 23 points, 14 assists, and eight rebounds. Peters’ 14 assists tied a franchise record for assists in a game with Travis Trice and Xavier Rathan-Mayes. Ivan Rabb tallied 19 points and seven rebounds on near perfect 9-of-11 from the field. Kenny Wooten put up a career-high 18 points, along with nine rebounds and four blocks. J.J. Moore recorded his first double-double of the season (15 points and 11 rebounds), while shooting 5-of-10 from the field and drained three triples.
Lamar Peters Continues Streak Of Productive Games Leading Up To Winter Showcase
Lamar Peters has been playing great ball this season whether it was starting or coming off the bench. He is second on the team in scoring (16.9) and has scored 20-plus points in the previous three games. Peters has shown an improved perimeter game in his rookie season (42.6 three-point percentage) and is shooting 15-of-31 from deep in the past three games.
Along with his scoring, he has shown to get his teammates involved and can be pesky on the defensive end. Peters has already dished nine or more assists four times and is averaging 1.2 steals per game this season. If the six foot guard can keep his consistent play rolling, Peters should be a candidate for a two-way contract or NBA call-up.
Winter Showcase Seeding
The Winter Showcase is set to take place from Thursday, December 19th through Sunday, December 22nd at the Mandalay Bay Resorts and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. This will be the first year where teams will compete for a $100,000 grand prize and will face off based off standings.
The Westchester Knicks, who are the No. 23 team, will battle the Greensboro Swarm, who are the No. 22 team. The game will take place on Friday, December 20 at 5:30PM EST on ESPNU. The team that walks out victorious will face off against the winner of the Erie BayHawks/Oklahoma City Blue game on Sunday, December 22nd at 4:30PM EST on ESPNews. The team that isn’t victorious will take on the team that didn't win the Erie BayHawks/Oklahoma City Blue game at 6:30PM EST, which airs on the NBA G League website.
Westchester played Greensboro once this season on December 14, as the Knicks walked out of the Greensboro Coliseum Fieldhouse with a 123-116 win.