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NAZ Suns Drop Back-And-Forth Affair At Westchester

12 February 2017  
Stock photo by Matt Hinshaw/NAZ Suns

Askia Booker just missed out on a triple-double, finishing with 15 points, 10 assists and 8 rebounds

WHITE PLAINS, New York -- The Northern Arizona Suns came into the Barclays Center against the Westchester Knicks following a season-low shooting day in Maine, where they shot 34.6 percent from the field. Westchester had an even worse offensive output against the Red Claws on Friday, shooting just two free throws the whole game. Both offenses came back to life on Saturday, and the Knicks did just enough to beat the Suns 114-103.

The first half was the definition of a back-and-forth affair, with seven ties and 10 lead changes, and a 55-55 tie was the score as both teams entered the locker rooms.

The Suns shot 50.0 percent from the field in the first half, ending their shooting problems on Thursday, and the Knicks shot 12-for-15 from the free throw line in the first 24 minutes, countering their problems on Friday.

After the Knicks earned a three-point cushion after three quarters, they shot 10-for-17 (.588) from the field in the fourth quarter, plus 12-of-16 from the free throw line.

Westchester had a total of 40 free throw attempts in the game, making 30 of them, compared to the Suns’ 14-of-21 clip from the charity stripe.

Askia Booker achieved a double-double, just missing out on a triple-double with 15 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds. Elijah Millsap tallied 15 points, six rebounds, three assists and four steals.

Xavier Silas led the Suns with 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting. Shaquille Harrison (13 points), Alex Davis (12 points and eight rebounds), Derek Cooke Jr. (12 points and seven rebounds) and Josh Gray (10 points and five assists) rounded out the double-digit scoring for the Suns.

Former Phoenix Suns forward John Jenkins led all scorers with 22 points in his third game with the Knicks. Marshall Plumlee finished with 21 points and nine rebounds.

Von Wafer came off the bench for Westchester to tally 17 points and five rebounds.

The Suns will continue their five-game road trip at Long Island, with an 11:30 a.m. tip set for Monday. The Knicks will make a quick one-game trip to the Raptors 905 on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. MT.