Tucker and Adams combine for 54 points in the victory
WHITE PLAINS, NY (Nov. 22, 2019) – The Wisconsin Herd, the NBA G League affiliate of the Milwaukee Bucks, extended their franchise-record winning streak to six games after beating the Westchester Knicks 112-106 on Friday night inside Westchester County Center.
Four Herd players scored in double figures led by Rayjon Tucker who poured in a season and game-high 28 points on 9-of-13 shooting. Jaylen Adams collected his second consecutive double-double and posted a stat line of 26 points, career-high 11 rebounds, five assists and two steals, while Cameron Reynolds scored in double figures for the seventh straight game and tallied 15 points. A.J. Hess totaled a season-high 12 points in a reserve role, and Jemerrio Jones pitched in with eight points, 13 rebounds and four assists.
Westchester was led by Two-Way player Kadeem Allen who recorded a team-high 22 points. Lamar Peters and JJ Moore scored 19 points apiece, while Ivan Rabb added 13 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a steal in his second game of the season. Michigan product Zak Irvin scored 10 points off the bench, and Ignas Brazdeikis had eight points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots.
After Westchester scored the first points of the game, the Herd responded by tallying 10 of the next 12 points and took an early 10-4 lead. With 4:38 remaining in the first quarter, Wisconsin extended their lead to double figures and led by as many as 15 points in the period. Nine Herd players cracked the scoring column led by Tucker and Hess who combined to score 13 points. Tucker led all players with seven first quarter points, while Hess tallied six points, which matched his season-high total for points in a game this season. For the quarter, Wisconsin limited Westchester to 35 percent shooting, forced eight turnovers and held the Knicks to a season-low 19 points. Conversely, the Herd matched their season-high with 30 first quarter points and led by 11 at the end of the opening 12 minutes.
The Herd tallied the first four points of the second quarter on back-to-back baskets by Jones and D.J. Hogg. Despite matching their largest lead of the evening at 15, Wisconsin was unbale to pull away. Westchester used a 13-4 run to cut the Herd lead to four with 7:30 left to play in the first half. Minutes later, the Knicks completely erased the 15-point deficit and took at 43-42 lead on a three-pointer by Tyler Hall. The Westchester lead was short-lived as Adams responded with a long ball of his own to give Wisconsin the lead once more. Down the stretch, the period featured six lead changes, but after scoring the final four points of the half, the Herd led 53-50 at the intermission.
Wisconsin began third quarter on a 16-7 run and extended their advantage back to double figures. The Herd led by 14 points in the frame, but like the first half, the Knicks managed to stay within striking distance. With under 45 second remaining in the period, Westchester pulled to within three after Moore buried a shot from deep. Wisconsin, however, ended the quarter on a high note as Adams beat the buzzer on a 29-foot three-pointer of his own. The Herd outscored the Knicks by three in the period and led 80-74 heading into the final 12 minutes.
The fourth quarter belongs belonged to Adams as he totaled 11 points in the stanza and shot a perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line. Moored scored 11 points for Westchester, but the Herd shooting 52 percent and making nine free throws proved to be the difference in the 112-106 final score.
With a 6-1 record, the Herd have matched the franchise’s best start to a season. In its inaugural campaign (2017-18), Wisconsin began the season by winning six of the first seven games. Additionally, Wisconsin owns the longest winning streak in the Eastern Conference and are tied with Memphis and Grand Rapids for the most wins in the G League.
After a 3-0 start to the road trip, Wisconsin will wrap its four-game road swing against the Delaware Blue Coats on Saturday night. Tip-off inside 76ers Fieldhouse is set for 6:00pm CT.