The Westchester Knicks (3-0), the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knickerbockers, finished its first road trip of the 2017-18 season with a dominating 117-90 win over the Delaware 87ers (0-3), the Philadelphia 76ers’ affiliate. Westchester heads into Friday’s home opener in Westchester undefeated.
Knicks affiliate Nigel Hayes dropped a game-high 37 points in the contest, narrowly missing a double-double with nine rebounds and four assists. Knicks affiliate Trey Burke followed up his record-breaking 43-point performance in last night’s win with 19 points, eight assists, and four rebounds and steals. Fellow affiliate Xavier Rathan-Mayes also had 19 points, adding four each of rebounds, assists, and steals. Two-Way player Luke Kornet contributed 14 points, eight rebounds, and three blocks, while his counterpart Isaiah Hicks notched his second double-double in a row with 10 points and 12 rebounds to go with two steals and a block.
Delaware had four Two-Way players on hand; two from Philadelphia and two from Washington. 76ers Two-Way player Jacob Pullen paced the Sevens with 18 points, four assists, and two steals while Emeka Okafor completed a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds. Wizards Two-Way player Mike Young came off the bench for 11 points and four rebounds, his Washington teammate Devin Robinson adding six points in eight minutes.
The Knicks commanded the first quarter from the beginning, jumping out to a 12-0 start. The Sevens, struggling to find its shots, added insult to injury with seven turnovers in the first twelve minutes to the tune of 12 points. Though the home team managed just 14 points in the first, Delaware fared better in the latter part of the half with 26 second quarter points while holding Westchester to 24. Still, heavy damage was done, and the Knicks held a 22-point lead heading into the locker room.
Down but not out, Delaware held it down in the third quarter with a 33-point showing, but Westchester answered back with 31 of its own. Unfortunately for the home team, its final quarter looked much like the first, and the Knicks ran up as much as a 32 point lead with Nigel Hayes combining for 19 points in the second half. The 117-90 final score in the under two-hour game put Westchester at 3-0 on the season while leaving Delaware winless.