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Long Island loses to Los Angeles in close one

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In a game that was tied multiple times deep into the fourth quarter, the Los Angeles D-Fenders beat the Long Island Nets with a late run, 114-106, in a Monday afternoon game at Barclays Center.

Long Island (4-12) had won two straight in the last week.

Once again, the young Nets were led by the quartet of Chris McCullough, Yogi Ferrell, Trahson Burrell and Donnie McGrath. McCullough, playing his 13th game with the Nets’ D-League club, finished with 20 points and nine rebounds, shooting 8-for-19, including 1-of-2 from deep. McCullough is averaging 19.5 and 8.5, shooting 46.4 percent overall, 34.2 from deep.

Both Burrell and McGrath finished with double-doubles, Burrell 14 points and 15 rebounds and McGrath with 10 points and assists. Ferrell, who head coach Ronald Nored has been using as an off-guard, was the high scorer with 22 points to go with five assists.

Carrick Felix and Lazar Heyward, both NBA veterans who had suffered injuries in recent weeks, made it on the court as well.

The Nets and D-Fenders traded baskets during the fourth, with Long Island trailing by just one multiple times within the last five minutes of the game. But the Nets never took the lead. Vander Blue finished with 32 and Jeff Ayres added 21 points and six rebounds in 22 minutes off the bench for Los Angeles.

There’s no word on when the Nets will bring McCullough back for an extended period. The 21-year-old has said both the minutes and rhythm have helped his development.

Two players who recently wore Nets uniforms played significant roles for L.A. Josh Magette, the D-League’s leading assist man, tallied 10 an five; Justin Harper, who played for the Nets during last year’s preseason, finished with 10 points and eight rebounds.

Full game video can be found here. The game was not open to the public.