HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL – The Windy City Bulls, presented by BMO Harris Bank, the NBA G League affiliate of the Chicago Bulls, fell 104-95 to the Westchester Knicks Monday night in New York.
Ryan Arcidiacono, Tyler Harris and Jaylen Johnson all set career-highs in points scored. Arcidiacono registered a team-high 24 points and eight rebounds while Harris added a career-best 23 points and seven rebounds. Brandon Wood scored 18 while Johnson tallied career-highs in points (17) and field goals (7).
Windy City held a brief early 4-2 lead before the Knicks quickly responded with a 9-0 run and jumped out to lead it would not relinquish. Westchester extended its advantage to double-digits, leading by as many as 12 in the opening quarter. The Bulls, however, would make a run to close the gap. Trailing 29-17 with 4:12 remaining, the Bulls went on a 6-0 run to cut the deficit in half, led by Tyler Harris who tallied 10 first-quarter points on 5-of-6 shooting. Conversely, Trey Burke, Isaiah Hicks and Luke Kornet performed the heavy lifting for the Knicks as the trio accounted for all 31 first quarter points. Despite the run, Westchester carried a slim 31-27 lead into the second quarter.
The Knicks had four players score in double figures led by Hicks and Burke who posted near double-doubles. Hicks poured in a game-high 32 points (14-16 FG) and grabbed nine rebounds and Burke had a 29-point, nine assist performance. Luke Kornet scored 17 points and added six rebounds and eight assists while Nigel Hayes pitched in with 11.
Westchester took command of the game in the second quarter shooting 56 percent from the floor. Isaiah Hicks picked up where he left off in the first quarter and led the team with eight points in the period. Leading by five with just over six minutes to play, the Knicks rattled off 11 consecutive points to take a 16-point lead, their largest of the night. The Bulls answered with a 9-0 run of their own and trailed by seven with seconds to play in the quarter. On the final possession of the half, Trey Burke hit a buzzer-beating jumper and the Knicks lead 59-50 at the intermission.
The Knicks converted on their first five field goal attempts in the third quarter to retake a double-digit lead. Trailing by 13, the Bulls would respond once more by going on a 15-4 spurt in a six-minute span to trail by two, but that is as close as they’d get in the second half. On the ensuing possession, Kornet answered with a three-point shot to extend the lead by to five. Arcidiacono led the charge with 11 points and three assists in the quarter, but the Bulls tailed 83-78 heading into the final period.
The fourth quarter belonged to Westchester from the outset as they opened the period on a 9-4 run and pushed the lead back to double figures. Windy City Shot 40 percent in the quarter, turned the ball over four times and missed all four of their three-point attempts. The 17 fourth-quarter points tied a season-low for Windy City, matching what they did in the final 12 minutes against the Mad Ants on Nov. 11.
The loss drops Windy City to 3-6 while Westchester snapped a three-game losing streak. The Bulls two largest margins of defeat this season have come against the Knicks. Windy City finishes the five-game road trip with a 2-3 record and returns home to take on the Erie BayHawks on Wednesday.
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