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The Windy City Bulls, presented by BMO Harris Bank, official G League affiliate of the Chicago Bulls, took on the Knicks in Westchester on Friday night.
The game marked the first time in G League history that both the home and away teams wore special theme jerseys. Both teams wore uniform sets featuring Looney Tunes™ characters to benefit the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. The Bulls’ uniforms featured Marvin the Martian ©, while the Knicks’ the Tazmanian Devil ©. The uniforms will be worn again when the two teams face each other at Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates on January 4.
In the first meeting between these two squads since last year’s G League Playoffs, Westchester took advantage of a slow shooting start by Windy City en route to an early ten-point lead.
The Knicks forced 11 Bulls turnovers in the first half and converted point-blank opportunities in transition to grow their advantage as large as 17.
New York Knicks Assignment player Ignas Brazdeikis, the 6-foot-6 former Michigan Wolverine out of Lithuania, led a strong offensive first half for Westchester with 16 points on 7-for-10 from the floor. New York Knicks Two-Way player Ivan Rabb contributed ten points and nine rebounds, and Andrew White III knocked in two three-pointers to end the half with ten points and build the Westchester lead to 53-48.
Windy City shot .366 from the field in the first two quarters. Milton Doyle finished the half with eight points and five rebounds. P.J. Dozier led all Bulls scorers with 9 points and 4 rebounds.
The Bulls were able to take better care of the ball in the second half, as the two teams played the third quarter at an even pace with Windy City able to cut the deficit to 13 leading into the fourth, 75-62.
Dozier (25 points, eight rebounds) and Doyle (20 points, 7 assists, and ten rebounds) sparked a rally in the final frame to cut the Knicks lead to as little as eight, but it was not enough to overcome 27 points, seven rebounds from Brazdeikis and 14 points, 15 rebounds from Rabb, as the Knicks prevailed 104-92.
Windy City (9-8) will stay on the road to face the Capital City Go-Go on Sunday before returning to Hoffman Estates for a five-game home stand.