PORTLAND, ME, March 9, 2017 – The Westchester Knicks (16-24), the official NBA Development League affiliate of the New York Knickerbockers, fell 110-94 to the Maine Red Claws (25-17), the Boston Celtics’ affiliate, after losing momentum in the second half of what was at first a back-and-forth contest.
Newly acquired forward Nikola Jovanovic paced the team from the bench in just his third game with Westchester, finishing with 16 points with seven rebounds, two assists, and two blocks. Starters Courtney Fells, Damien Inglis, and Keith Wright all finished with 15 points, Fells adding six rebounds and five assists, Inglis with eight rebounds and four assists, and Wright with seven rebounds. Fellow starters John Jenkins and Kevin Capers also finished in double-digits; Jenkins with 12 points and two rebounds, and Capers with 11 points, six rebounds, three assists, and three steals. Westchester had three players on the injured list: Travis Trice II, Jaylen Bond, and Von Wafer.
Marcus Georges-Hunt led all scorers in the game with 27 points, just short of a double-double with his nine assists. Jalen Jones was able to secure a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds, while Demetrius Jackson was also one assist shy with his 13 points and nine assists. Arthur Edwards had a nice performance from the pine, finishing with 14 points and seven rebounds.
The two teams’ stat lines were almost identical in the first quarter: both teams scored 27 points off of 12 field goals, both grabbed 11 rebounds (two of which were offensive), both had seven assists, and both had four turnovers. Each team also found the majority of its respective success in the paint. It was a case of déjà vu in the second, as the half ended with another tie. The only major difference came in the form of three’s, which Maine managed to hit more of.
After a first half that saw 12 lead changes and eight ties, the tides began to turn in favor of the Red Claws. The Knicks tipped off the second quarter with the first basket for the lead, but a little 6-0 run from Maine began a downhill decent for Westchester. The visitors continued to struggle from downtown – which would become the difference-maker – though they were down by just five heading into the fourth. However, the Knicks imploded in the final quarter, managing just 14 points for the ultimate loss.