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Another good day for development, but another loss, too

Long Island Nets

The Long Island Nets lost their ninth game of the season —against two wins— Monday as the Sioux Falls Skyforce, the Heat’s D-League affiliate, beat them, 124-116, in an empty Barclays Center.

The Nets were again led by Chris McCullough who finished with 24 points on 10-of-18 shooting (0-of-2 from deep) along with eight rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block in 38 minutes. McCullough, who’s been playing center the last few games, is now averaging 20 points and eight rebounds in eight D-League games.

Yogi Ferrell, who was also on assignment, only played 12 minutes all in the first half and finished with four points and two assists. Beau Beech, who’s been plagued by inconsistency, scored 20 points on 6-of-15 shooting, but 5-of-9 from beyond the arc. And Trahson Burrell continued his spirited play. The hyper athletic 6’7” swingman scored 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds to go with five assists and four steals.

Long Island went down early, but recovered late in the second and after a back-and-forth third quarter, they made a game of it in the fourth, getting within two points with three minutes to go on Burrell drive. Sioux Falls went on a mini-run late and Long Island never got closer than five the rest of the way.

For the 7-2 Skyforce, 6’11” Keith Benson scored 25 points and blocked five shots, while 6’8” Okaro White led both teams with 28. The two combined for 24 rebounds. Long Island was without five players, including Egidius Mockevicius, their normal center who’s down with a sore shoulder. Although the boxscore put attendance at 289, the game was not open to the public. No explanation was provided.

McCullough and Ferrell were both recalled by Brooklyn just before 6 p.m. and will be on the roster vs. the Wizards.

Full game video can be found here.