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After another Long Island win, Chris McCullough back with Brooklyn

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Chris McCullough is back with Brooklyn after another solid performance with Long Island Thursday. The Nets D-League squad won its third in four games, its best stretch of its inaugural season, with McCullough, Yogi Ferrell and J.J. Moore all scoring 20 or more points in the 110-103 victory over the Grand Rapids (MI) Drive, the Pistons affiliate, at Barclays Center.

McCullough scored 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting, including 1-of-3 from deep. He also grabbed eight rebounds. He’s been remarkably consistent in his time with Long Island. It’s the fourth time this month McCullough has scored exactly 20 points in a game. He’s also had two games with 24 and one with 19 in December. In 14 games with Long Island, he’s averaging 19.6 points and 8.5 rebounds.

On Thursday, he shared the kudos with Ferrell, who finished with 24 points as well as three treys, three assists and three rebounds, and J.J. Moore, the former Rutgers swingman who had a game-high 29 points on 12-of-21 shooting. Meanwhile, Trahson Burrell showed off his usual consistency with 16 points, 13 rebounds and six assists. Burrell, a skinny 6’7”, is transitioning from power forward at Memphis to small forward in the pros.

Down by nine at the half, the Long Island Nets overcame the deficit with offense in the third quarter and defense in the fourth. The Nets poured in 39 third-quarter points, equaling the most the Drive have given up in a quarter this season, and held the Drive to just 14 points in the fourth quarter. The loss ends a four-game winning streak for the Drive.

Grand Rapids shot 48 percent from the field but turned the ball over 20 times compared to their season average of 13. The Nets attempted 34 free throws, making 28 of them. They also capitalized on second-chance points, getting 11 offensive rebounds compared to just four for Grand Rapids.

McCullough played 36 minutes Thursday afternoon. As he’s said before, he’s young and would be ready to play if called upon. He’s twice played games in the D-League and NBA on the same day.

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