January 21, 2019 – Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA)New York Liberty News Release

WESTCHESTER KNICKS (17-12) vs. WINDY CITY BULLS (14-14)

Monday, January 21 – Hoffman Estates, IL (Sears Centre)

3:00 PM (ET)

On January 19, the Westchester Knicks (17-12), the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knicks, pulled away in the fourth quarter to knock off the Delaware Blue Coats (10-14), 105-96, Saturday evening at Westchester County Center. The Knicks get another chance at Windy City Monday.

QUICK HITS

John Jenkins is the Knicks leading scorer (24.8 ppg).

Zak Irvin is the Knicks leading rebounder (7.9 rpg).

Kadeem Allen leads Westchester is assists (6.1 apg).

Kadeem Allen leads Westchester in steals (1.7 spg).

Isaiah Hicks leads the Knicks in blocks (1.9 bpg).

Westchester is sixth in the G League with a 47.0 field goal percentage (as of 1/20).

Westchester is eighth in the G League with 5.9 bpg (as of 1/20).

Westchester is third in the G League with 36.2 defensive rebounds per game (as of 1/20).

Westchester is eighth in the G League with 46.3 rebounds per game (as of 1/20).

Westchester is 1-4 in its last five contests.

Westchester is 3-7 in its last 10 contests.

Westchester is 8-6 at home.

Westchester is 9-6 on the road.

Westchester is 2-1 in overtime.

Westchester went 9-3 in November.

Westchester went 6-4 in December.

Westchester’s longest win streak this season was seven games, which set a franchise record.

Westchester’s longest road win streak is five games.

Westchester’s longest home win streak is five games.

Westchester’s longest losing skid is four games.

Westchester’s longest road losing skid is three games.

Westchester’s longest home losing skid is two games.

INJURY REPORT

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LAST TIME OUT

On January 19, the Westchester Knicks (17-12), the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knicks, pulled away in the fourth quarter to knock off the Delaware Blue Coats (10-14), 105-96, Saturday evening at Westchester County Center.

A near three-minute scoring drought in the fourth-quarter’s early goings punished the Blue Coats. In the window, Westchester benefitted 11 straight points which helped put the Knicks up double-figures, the first double-digit advantage by either team for the game.

Before the final stanza, both teams played to 12 ties and swapped advantages 22 times.

Jameel Warney and Two-Way Player Isaiah Hicks both paced the Knicks with 27 points apiece. Two-Way Player Kadeem Allen rewrote his career-high with 13 assists on the night. Zak Irvin finished with a double-double comprised of 10 points and 11 rebounds.

For the Blue Coats, Shake Milton scored 26 points and 10 assists. Cameron Oliver posted a double-double made up of 11 points and 10 rebounds.

LAST MEETING

On November 27, 2018, the Westchester Knicks (9-3), the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knicks, used a franchise-setting defensive effort to knock off the Windy City Bulls (4-8), 91-73, Tuesday night at the Westchester County Center. The victory extended Westchester’s win streak to four.

The 72 points scored by the Windy City Bulls tabbed a new low for a Westchester opponent. Erie’s 74 points tallied on January 24, 2016 was the previous record. The Bulls’ 72 points is the second lowest point total all season. Lakeland lost 96-71 at Windy City on November 2.

A mid-range jumper by Kadeem Allen at the 9:53 mark of the first quarter severed the Bulls’ short-lived one-point lead and only lead of the game.

Windy City managed to get back within single-digits in the third quarter’s early goings but a pair of free-throws by Isaiah Hicks kept the visitors back by convincing leads thereafter.

Westchester was paced by Billy Garrett, who earned his third consecutive start. He registered 23 points on 71.4-percent shooting. Hicks finished with 21 points going 10-for-12 at the charity stripe and raised for a game-high and season-high five rejections.

Stephen Zimmerman (11) and Trevon Bluiett (10) also scored double-figures for the Knicks. Bluiett notched a double-double grabbing 10 rebounds as well.

For the Bulls, Kaiser Gates registered 22 points on 35-percent shooting. He also corralled 11 rebounds. Ferrakohn Halls picked up 12 points off the bench and Mychal Mulder ended with 10.

Westchester has now won seven of its last eight games and closed out its five-game homestand having gone 4-1.

BACK WITH A VENGEANCE

Isaiah Hicks missed seven of the Knicks last nine games. Against Delaware (1/19), Hicks tied his season-high 27 points while establishing another netting a personal-best four three-pointers. He is also averaging 5.0 assists and 2.0 blocks in his last two games.

PROLIFIC SCORER

Jameel Warney is averaging 24.7 points in his last three and 20.5 points as a Westchester Knick. He is averaging 11 field goal makes in his last three on 58.9-percent shooting.

CAREER DEEM

Kadeem Allen dished a career-high 13 assists against Delaware (1/19) which topped his previous superlative of 11 assists established on December 1 against Greensboro. Allen has registered eight or more assists nine times this season.

ONCE IN FOUR

Sekou Wiggs scored eight points against Delaware (1/19) which marked the first time in four games Wiggs registered single figures. Before Delaware, Wiggs was riding a three-game streak of scoring 10-plus points.

20 OR MORE

Isaiah Hicks has scored 20-plus points seven times this season.

THAT’S THE BILLY WE KNOW

Billy Garrett scored 14 points against Texas (1/16) which marked the first time he was able to score in double-figures since tallying 14 against Fort Wayne (1/2). Garrett has put together five streaks of 10-plus points which ranged from two consecutive games to five. He netted 17 points most recently against Delaware (1/19).

SCARED OF REJECTION

Westchester failed to complete a block against Texas (1/16) which marked the first time this season the team went an entire game without tallying at least one. The game before that, the team registered two against Salt Lake City (1/14) which tied a then-season low. From 12-27 to 1/11, the team averaged 7.4 blocks per game.

As of January 14, the Knicks ranked sixth in the league with 6.2 blocks per game.

ZAK ZAK

Zak Irvin has recorded three double-doubles in 14 games. He has grabbed double-digits rebounds six times this season and has scored in double figures on eight occasions. He is currently riding a three-game streak of scoring 10-plus points.

TRIPLE BILLY

Billy Garrett has drained five triples in the Knicks last two which marks the most for Garrett in a two-game span this season. He has only netted triples in consecutive games four times this season.

LESS RESERVES

The Westchester bench generated 53 of the team’s 119 total points against Grand Rapids Drive (12/15). A game before that, against Fort Wayne (12/13), the Knicks bench totaled a season-high 62 points while the team scored 131 as a whole. Before Delaware (1/19), the Knicks bench was accounting for 41.3-percent of the team’s offense 442 of 1,069 total points) in eight games. Versus Delaware (1/19), the Knicks bench added a season-low nine points.

SHRINKING BENCH

The Knicks have only had four available players on their bench against Salt Lake City and Texas and played four against Delaware (1/19). The Knicks have also debuted three different starting lineups in the span.

STOPPED THE SKID

In Westchester’s last five games, the team has gone 1-4. This includes a four-game skid (Capital City, Rio Grande Valley, Salt Lake City, Texas) which is the longest slide this season.

WINS AND LOSSES

The Knicks are scoring 110.9 points per win and 99.8 points per loss. Its opponents are scoring 98.5 points per Knicks win and 110.8 points per Knicks loss.

THE THREE BALL

The Knicks are only generating 264 points from three-point territory in losses which accounts for 22-percent of the team’s offense. In those same losses, its opponents are generating 441 points from the perimeter which accounts for 33.2-percent of those offenses.

In wins, the Knicks are generating 453 points from distance which accounts for 24.0 percent of the team’s offense. In those same wins, its opponents are generating 546 points from the perimeter which accounts for 32.6-percent of those offenses.

WHO’S GONNA STEP UP

To start the season, John Jenkins led the team for three games straight. In November, Jenkins, Isaiah Hicks, Luke Kornet and Billy Garrett each took command of the scoring. December saw five different top scorers. Seven games into January and five different Knicks (Jenkins, Zak Irvin, Sekou Wiggs, Kadeem Allen, Jameel Warney) have already led the team in scoring.

KEEP IT 100

The Knicks have allowed six of their last eight opponents to score 100-plus points while only scoring above the threshold four times. Considering the window, the Knicks won two of those four games when they surpassed 100 points. Westchester is 14-7 when they score 100 or more this season.

FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING

Before Texas (1/16), Westchester was an undefeated 7-0 when it shot 50-percent or better from the field. Against Texas (1/16), the Knicks shot 50.6-percent marking the first loss shooting that well.

Before Texas (1/16), the only other time the team shot 50-percent or better was against the Raptors (1/4) and before that came against Fort Wayne (12/13). Of Westchester’s last 17 games, the team has shot 50-percent or better four times.

WE HAVE TO CONVERT

Before Delaware (1/19), Westchester got to the line 144 times in five games. However, the team only converted 95 of them (66%) which ranked 25th in the G League (as of 1/15). Against Delaware, the team went 16-for-18 from the free-throw line (88.9%). The last time the team shot better came against Grand Rapids (12/15) when the team went 33-for-34 (97.1%) which also resulted in a win.

ZAK ON THE GLASS

Zak Irvin is averaging 9.2 rebounds per Knicks win as the Knicks leading rebounder.

PUTTING ON A CLINIC

Considering Westchester’s games against Rio Grande Valley (1/11) and Salt Lake City (1/14) (0-2), the team gave up 120 points from three-point territory. In that span, its two opponents scored a combined 247 points. That accounts for 48.6-percent of their opponents’ offense. Salt Lake City’s (1/14) 21 three-pointers topped the season-high set by Rio Grande Valley (1/11) the game before (19). The Knicks only generated 45 points from the perimeter.

FIVE IN DOUBLE-FIGURES

Seven Knicks are averaging double-figure scoring numbers on the road. John Jenkins leads the pack with 25.4 ppg. Isaiah Hicks has played in 11 road contests averaging 15.9 points. Jameel Warney is averaging 18.3 ppg, Kadeem Allen is scoring 14.2 ppg, Billy Garrett averages 12.8 ppg and Zak Irvin is tallying 12.1 ppg.

IRVIN ON THE ROAD

Zak Irvin is shooting 65.7-percent in road games this season for 12.1 points per game.

SCORING PAUL

Despite being a primary starter for Westchester, Paul Watson scored in double-figures just five times in the first 25 games of the season. Watson scored in double-figures against Rio Grande Valley (1/11) and Salt Lake City (1/14) and was averaging 15.5 points in the span. This marked the first time this season Watson was able to net double-figures for two consecutive games. He drained five triples in the window which too marks the most in a two-game span.

GARRETT IN WINS AND LOSSES

Billy Garrett is scoring 14.8 points on 51.1-percent per Knicks win as the team’s fourth-leading scorer, but first with at least 16 games played. Garrett is averaging 9.9 points on 41.7-percent per Knicks loss.

ALLEN IN WINS AND LOSSES

Kadeem Allen is averaging 6.2 assists and 13.8 points in 17 wins. In losses, Allen is averaging 6.0 assists and 14.5 points in losses. The Knicks have not won a game without Kadeem Allen.

HICKS IN WINS AND LOSSES

Isaiah Hicks is averaging 17.8 points in 13 wins and 14.3 points in seven setbacks.

CHARITY STRIPE

The Knicks are shooting 77-percent from the free-throw line in wins and 71.9-percent in losses.

LEAGUE WIDE (AS OF 1/20)

Only considering the last three games league wide, Jameel Warney ranks 12th in the G league with 24.7 points per game.

Only considering the last four games league wide, Kadeem Allen ranks ninth in the G League with 7.8 assists per game.

Only considering the last two games league wide, Kadeem Allen ranks second in the G League with 11.0 assists per game.

Only considering the last 10 games league wide, Kadeem Allen ranks 14th in the G League with 7.2 assists per game.

Only considering the last four games league wide, Zak Irvin ranks 16th in the G League with 9.8 rebounds per game.

Only considering the last two games league wide, Zak Irvin ranks 13th in the G League with 10.0 rebounds per game.

Only considering the last two games league wide, Kadeem Allen ranks 14th in the G League with 2.5 steals per game.

Only considering the last five games league wide, Jameel Warney ranks 20th in the G League with 3.3 offensive rebounds per game.

Only considering the last five games league wide, Jameel Warney ranks 14th in the G League with 9.3 field goals made per game.

STAY UP

Westchester is 13-6 when they are ahead by the second quarter’s start, 14-4 when they are ahead by the third quarter’s start and 13-2 when they are ahead by the fourth quarter’s start.

SMALL DIFFERENTIAL

The Knicks average 109.4 points per road game while allowing their opponents to score 110.1 points per game.

IT’S JUST WHAT HE DOES

John Jenkins is averaging 28.6 points on 51.1-percent shooting in 10 of the Knicks’ 17 victories this season. From downtown, the three-point sniper is scoring on 45.1-percent of his tries.

WE DIDN’T FORGET

Before Delaware (1/19), the last victory Isaiah Hicks has appeared in was Grand Rapids (12/15) but exited early due to injury. He played over 22 minutes against Fort Wayne (12/13). In 17 wins this season, Hicks has appeared in 13 and is the Knicks’ second leading scorer with at least 10 games played, scoring 17.8 points on 54.5-percent shooting. He is also averaging 7.7 rebounds in winning contests.

FORTY FORTY CLUB

John Jenkins scored 40 points against Grand Rapids (12/15) which tabbed the second time this season he scored that much. He tallied 41 points against Lakeland (11/10).

BAULK FOR THREE

Devon Baulkman’s four threes against Salt Lake City (1/14) tied his career-high. All of his points came from the perimeter.

WELCOME JAMEEL WARNEY

On January 8, the Westchester Knicks, the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knicks, traded Xavier Rathan-Mayes to the Texas Legends in exchange for Jameel Warney.

Jameel Warney, 6’7 259, came to Westchester after appearing in 22 games this season for the Texas Legends, the official NBA G League affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks. He was averaging 13.7 on 43-percent shooting (seventh-best on the team) and 6.8 rebounds (third-best on the team).

With the Dub Knicks, the Rathan-Mayes averaged 16.7 points in 43 games on 43-percent shooting (third-best on the team). He shot 33.8-percent from distance, collected 6.4 rebounds per game (third-best on the team) and dished 7.2 assists per game (309 total assists slotted first on the team).

THAT WAS CLOSE

Before Capital City (1/6), Westchester was 5-0 in games settled by three points or less. The Knicks’ 11-point loss to Austin (12/21) marked just the second time the team lost by 11 or more points. The one-point loss to Capital City (1/6) marked the first setback, 90-89, settled by a margin smaller than three.

IT’S MORE THAN DEFENSE

Austin (12/21) scored 99 points which marked the first time a Knicks opponent scored fewer than 100 points and still pulled out the victory. Previously, Westchester was 8-0 when an opponent failed to clear the 100-point mark. Capital City (1/6) scored just 90 in four periods and one-point overtime to tab the victory over the Knicks.

DEEM WITH THE DIME

From 12/19-12/27, Kadeem Allen was averaging 8.0 assists per game before missing his first game of the season.

SHOWCASE LEADERS

John Jenkins led the team in Vegas with 19.5 ppg on 45.2-percent shooting. Jenkins shot 40-percent from three as one of only five Knicks to connect from long range. His 5.5 apg ranked second on the team.

Stephen Zimmerman was the team’s leading rebounder with 9.5 rpg during the Showcase, including six total on the offensive glass. Zimmerman earned one start and tied for third with 13.5 ppg.

Kadeem Allen led the Knicks in assists with 8.0 apg.

TWO-WAY DEEM

On January 14, the New York Knicks announced that the team signed guard Kadeem Allen to a Two-Way contract.

Allen, 6’3 200, joined the Westchester Knicks, the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knicks, after appearing in two preseason games and being waived by New York on October 13, 2018.

Allen was a late second round pick in the 2017 NBA Draft out of the University of Arizona (2015-17) and Hutchinson Community College (2012-14), selected 53rd overall by the Boston Celtics. With the Red Claws, Allen averaged 17.7 points per game, a team-leading 2.2 steals per game and 5.0 assists per game. He was later named to the 2018 NBA G League All-Defensive Team.

With Allen’s Two-Way contract, he will be the eighth Westchester Knick to earn a call-up and seventh under head coach Mike Miller. At least one player has earned a call-up each season since Westchester’s G League inception in 2014.

THE COACH’S CHALLENGE

The coach’s challenge was revised so that teams receive only one challenge per game, to be used at any point during regulation or overtime periods. Only fouls called, goaltending/basket interference and out-of-bounds calls may be challenged.

TWO-WAY PLAYERS

Beginning in the 2017 offseason, NBA rosters expanded from 15 to 17 players with the addition of two spots for players under “Two-Way Contracts.”

NBA teams may have up to two players under NBA Two-Way Contracts who will spend the bulk of the season in the NBA G League and not more than 45 days with their NBA team. Two-Way players are paid a corresponding daily amount based on the number of days they play in each league. Only players with four or fewer years of NBA service are able to sign Two-Way Contracts, which can be for either one or two seasons.

Isaiah Hicks and Kadeem Allen are under Two-Way Contract via the New York Knicks.

SUCCESS STORY

On December 13, the New York Knicks announced that the team signed guard Allonzo Trier to an NBA contract. With this signing, Trier becomes the first two-way player to sign a guaranteed NBA contract within the first two months of the season. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

LET ME SEE YOU FLEX

The NBA G League’s flexible assignment system – which was instituted prior to the 2014-15 season – will continue to enable the independent NBA teams to assign players to the NBA G League for development or rehabilitation from injury.

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