The Long Island Nets fought back in the fourth quarter Wednesday afternoon, tied the game late but failed in overtime. The Long Islanders went down to their 10th loss in 12 games, 114-105 to the Erie Bayhawks, at an empty Barclays Center.
Chris McCullough led the charge after playing some of his worst of D-League basketball. McCullough finished with 19 points in 31 minutes, on 5-of-15 shooting, 1-of-2 from three, 6-of-8 from the line, to go along with 13 rebounds, five fouls and six turnovers. Of that total, he scored 11 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, shooting 3-of-5, grabbing seven boards and committing only one foul and no turnovers.
McCullough was recalled by Brooklyn at 5:30. He played 34 minutes for Long Island.
Beau Beech continued his hot shooting, adding 17 points, hitting 4-of-9 shots, including 2-of-5 from three. He also went to the line ten times, hitting eight. He’s averaging 16.5 points over the last four games. And Trahson Burrell landed his fifth double-double, with 19 points and 11 boards ... as well as five assists. Like McCullough, he came alive late, putting up nine points and six boards in the last quarter and OT.
Leading the Nets was former Rutgers standout J.J. Moore. The shooting guard finished with 23 points on 7-of-13 shooting.
The Nets were once again hampered by injuries to their point guards. Boris Dallo (ankle) and Donnie McGrath (illness) were out again. Devin Brooks filled in with 11, eight and six.
Long Island entered the fourth down by 13 but kept chipping away, finally tying the game at 97 on a jumper by Burrell with 2:40. After Erie went ahead, Burrell tied it up again with a minute left on a putback. Then, in overtime, the Nets ran out of gas, as the Bayhawks outscored them, 15-6. Ramon Galloway, Erie’s shooting guard, led both teams with 32 points.
For the third straight game, no fans were on hand. The Nets are opening Barclays Center for only a select number of games after barely getting 1,300 paying customers in the 17,732-seat arena. A team official said the costs of opening the arena are an issue.
Full game video can be found here.
- Box Score - Erie Bayhawks vs. Long Island Nets - D-League
- Highlights -Chris McCullough (Video) - D-League
- Highlights - Trahson Burrell (Video) - D-League
- Highlights - J.J. Moore (Video) - D-League