Westchester Knicks
(Photo by David Dow/NBAE/Getty Images)

The Westchester Knicks earned their first playoff victory in franchise history after besting the Windy City Bulls in a wire-to-wire win.

The Westchester Knicks live to fight another day. The G League playoffs are single elimination until the best-of-three finals. In their first do-or-die game, the Knicks were able to cruise to victory against the outmatched Windy City Bulls, 95-82.

Westchester surged out to a 26-12 lead after the first quarter. The Bulls battled in the second and third quarters, but the Knicks slammed the door in the fourth quarter.

Neither team stacked the roster for this one. Only one player on a two-way contract played on Thursday—Isaiah Hicks of Westchester. The Knicks assigned Luke Kornet to Westchester to have him on the roster, but Kadeem Allen did not participate.

Westchester emerged victorious through a balanced scoring effort. Five Knicks finished the night in double figures including Billy Garrett Jr. (20), Jameel Warney (20), Zak Irvin (19), Kornet (14), and Paul Watson (10).

Warney provided his points off the bench and was able to pack an efficient scoring punch. He was 9-for-14 from the floor and managed to secure 14 rebounds as well. Irvin matched Warney’s 14 rebounds while Garrett dished out 12 assists.

Walter Lemon Jr. led the way for Windy City, scoring 29 points to go along with seven rebounds and seven assists. Lemon and his teammates never let Westchester completely pull away, but they failed to make a serious push after dropping behind early.

This marks the first playoff win in Westchester history and head coach Mike Miller’s squad is looking to advance even further. Westchester will travel south to take on the Lakeland Magic on Friday, March 29 at 7:00 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on Twitch.

NY/NJ hoops reporter (NBA/NCAA) & sports betting writer for XL Media. Never had the makings of a varsity athlete.