With 3:33 left in the game, the Springfield Armor need a lift. After being ahead most of the game, they were down by seven to the Erie Bayhawks, the Knicks' affiliate. Then, Tyshawn Taylor started the comeback with a pair of foul shots. Then Willie Reed, the D-League Performer of the Week, scored back-to-back baskets at the rim to get the Armor within one.
From there on, it was the Tyshawn Taylor Show. He stripped the Bayhawks Nick Covington and went in for the two-handed slam and a 95-94 lead. He added a 3-pointer before Cory Higgins hit a jumper for Erie to put them within two.
After one free throw by Kris Joseph gave the Armor a 99-96 lead, Taylor pressured the in-bounds and Erie was called for a five-second violation. The Armor responded with a Ben Uzoh drive-and-kick to Taylor for the three-pointer that put the game away. Taylor, on his fourth assignment to the D-League, finished with a statsheet-stuffing 30 points, seven assists, five rebounds, four steals and only two turnovers, seven fewer than in a Friday loss to the Mad Ants. He also had the game's only 360-degree dunk in the first half. Taylor is now second in the D-League in scoring at 26.2 per game over six games.
Toko Shengelia finished with 17 and 5, and Reed had another double-double, with 14 points and 11 boards. Joseph, the former Celtic, had 19, hitting all five of his three's. On the other hand, Dominique Jones, who was signed Monday after being released by the Mavericks, had a tough first night. He hit only a three-pointer, missing all six of his other shots.
"I think Dominique came down here and he played all right tonight, but he's a little bit uncomfortable and I know how that happens," Taylor told Jeff Thomas of the Springfield Republican. "It's difficult and it's frustrating at times because you just can't get comfortable."
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