There were many spectacular games that took place during the Westchester Knicks’ 2018-19 season. In 52 games, which includes the two playoff games, many players had some impressive performances and helped lead the Knicks to victories.
From strong defensive performances to the team’s first postseason victory, let’s take a look back at five of Westchester’s top games of the season.
5. Defense Holds Windy City To Season Low Points (Nov. 27, 2018)
Defense has always been a main emphasis under head coach Mike Miller. Westchester was one of the top defensive teams in the G League during the 2018-19 season. During the team’s seven-game winning streak, the Knicks held the Windy City Bulls to a season-low 72 points on Nov. 27. Westchester contained their opponents and held them to 25.8 percent shooting from the field and 24.4 percent from deep. Billy Garrett (23 points on 10-of-14 from the field) and Isaiah Hicks (21 points and five blocks) made strong contributions in the team’s ninth victory of the season.
4. Game Winner By Kadeem Allen (Dec. 15, 2018)
Being defended by Speedy Smith, Kadeem Allen gets into the lane and gets the floater to go. Westchester takes a 119-117 lead with three seconds left in the game. The Grand Rapids Drive couldn’t capitalize on the final possession of the game and the Knicks walked away with a huge road win. Six players finished in double figures led by John Jenkins’ 40 points and 6-of-11 shooting from beyond the arc.
3. Battle Of The ‘Burbs Is Filled With Extra Action (Feb. 9, 2019)
Four quarters was enough for two of the Eastern Conference’s top team. The Long Island Nets held a 117-115 lead with 54 seconds left in the game. Zak Irvin drained a pull-up jumper 31 seconds later to force overtime. Billy Garrett hit three huge free throws then locked down Jordan McLaughlin on the final play of the first overtime.
The Knicks left the Westchester County Center with a 134-130 win over their Atlantic Division rival. Billy Garrett finished a career high 39 points and Zak Irvin (25 points and 14 rebounds) and Jameel Warney (24 points and 10 rebounds) each recorded a double-double.
2. Largest Margin Of Victory In Franchise History (Nov. 23, 2018)
There were many records that were broken during the 2018-19 season. The Knicks were in the midst of a four-game homestand and picked up an impressive 56-point win over Wisconsin Herd.
Eight players finished in double figures led by Luke Kornet’s 25 points on 5-of-7 from deep. Westchester was moving the ball well, which was led by Billy Garrett (six assists) and Kadeem Allen (five assists). The Knicks dished out 34 assists on 48 field goals made. This was the team’s second victory in their seven-game winning steak, which was another franchise record.
1. First-Ever Postseason Victory (Mar. 27, 2019)
The excitement was buzzing when Westchester hosted the first-round of the G League playoffs. 1,888 fans were in attendance at the Westchester County Center rooting for the home squad. Kadeem Allen, Noah Vonleh, Emmanuel Mudiay, Damyean Dotson, and Kevin Knox were seated courtside. New York Knicks Vice President of player development Craig Robinson, Knicks’ President Steve Mills, Knicks’ General Manager Scott Perry, and Westchester General Manager Allan Houston were in attendance.
Westchester came out strong in the first quarter by holding the Windy City Bulls to 12 points and held a 15 point lead at halftime. When the final buzzer echoed in the County Center, the Knicks walked out with a 95-82 win. This squad will forever be remember in the organization as the team that earned the first postseason victory in franchise history.