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Long Island Nets lose again, but Bennett, McCullough play well

Long Island Nets

The good news is that the two Nets assigned to Long Island had good games Tuesday afternoon playing for Long Island. Anthony Bennett had 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting (3-of-5 from deep) to go along with eight rebounds and an assist. Chris McCullough finished with 22 points on 8-of-19 shooting (1-of-3 from deep) along with six rebounds and three assists.

The bad news is that the Long Island club lost again to the Windy City Bulls, 120-116, as a late comeback proved too little, too late. The Nets D-League affiliate is now 1-7, the worst record in the development circuit.

Long Island was without four roster players, struck down by injury or illness. Even with the two Brooklynites assigned to the team, only nine players suited up. Among those out were Carrick Felix, the team’s leading scorer (leg); Egidijus Mockevicius (shoulder) and Lazar Hayward (hand).

In addition to the two assignees, Trahson Burrell followed up his 24 and 15 game Saturday with a 16-and-10 effort. Burrell, who played power forward at Memphis, has been switched to more of a swingman role in the D-League. Devin Brooks, a 6’1” Creighton point guard, finished with 22 as did Gary Forbes, who at 111 games is the team’s most experienced NBA player.

The Nets were down by two with 1:41 left in the fourth following two Brooks free throws, but the Bulls went on a late run. The Nets got within two again with 1.8 seconds left, but Aaron Thomas, who scored 33 to lead all players, canned two free throws. Thomas played for the Nets summer league team in July.

Full video of the game can be found here.