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Long Island Nets win first game, beating Canton

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For the first time since 1977, a Nets team based (sorta) on Long Island have won a basketball game. The Long Island Nets survived a late comeback by the Canton Charge to win their first D-League game, 120-118, in Ohio.

The Nets were led by Chris McCullough, assigned to Long Island earlier this week. The 6’11” forward finished with 18 points on 8-of-16 shooting (0-of-3 from deep) to go with 10 rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block. He was one of six Nets to have double figure scoring nights.

Boris Dallo, the French point guard, and Egidijus Mockevicius, the Lithuanian center, both finished with 16. Dallo had six rebounds and five assists while Mockevicius added six rebounds. Donnie McGrath, who shared point guard duties with Dallo, had nine assists and six points.

The Nets reversed their first quarter performance from their opening night loss to Windy City, going up early. The Nets were up by one at the half, then took off at the beginning of the third and with 8:23 in the fourth were up by 23. The Charge made it more than interesting at the end of the game, outscoring Long Island, 44-28, in the fourth, including a 19-8 run.

Nets’ lead was a seemingly comfortable 13 with 36.3 seconds left. The Charge cuts Canton’s deficit to six with 12.5 seconds left. Justin Johnson hit two 3-pointers to get the Charge to 119-116 with 5.8 seconds left.

But McGrath split a pair of free throws with 4.9 seconds left. Quinn Cook, who led Canton with 29, made a wild running shot with two-tenths left for the final margin The two point margin at the end was enough

Video of the full game can be found here.

The last win for a Long Island-based team came in the New York Nets only season in the NBA ... and their last season at Nassau Coliseum before moving to New Jersey.