Maybe it’s time to give Chris McCullough some minutes on the big team.
The 6’10” Nets power forward, playing in his 22nd game with the Long Island Nets, racked up the expansion franchise’s highest scoring game Thursday, playing in Brooklyn vs. the Swarm.
In a 138-133 overtime win, McCullough scored 37 points on 12-of-20 shooting from the floor (2-of-4 from three) and 11-of-12 from the line. He also grabbed five rebounds to go along with three assists, two blocks and a steal in 38 minutes.
Here’s the highlights...
McCullough has played two games with Brooklyn since December 1. His most recent outing came on December 23 when he played seven minutes vs. the Cavaliers in the Nets blowout loss to Cleveland. He was recalled by Brooklyn an hour before tonight’s game with the Pelicans
The win was the young Nets seventh in their last 12. They are now 9-16 overall.
McCullough, however, was not the high scorer in the game. Christian Wood, the 6’11” power forward out of UNLV, finished with 45 points and 15 rebounds. He also blocked eight shots. The Hornets, parent club of the Swarm, hold his NBA rights.
The high scoring game also featured another 20 point game by Long Island’s R.J. Hunter, who finished 5-of-13 (3-of-9 from three) as well as four rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block.
Three young Nets with NBA experience also finished in double figures: Yogi Ferrell with 15 points (and five assists); Carrick Felix 19 points and Lazar Hayward, 15. Cheick Diallo, assigned to Long Island by the Pelicans, added 14.
McCullough put the Nets ahead by three with two free throws with 11 seconds left in regulation, but the Swarm tied it and send the game into OT. McCullough scored four of Long Island’s 15 points in overtime.
Full game video can be found here.
- Box Score: Long Island Nets 138, Greensboro Swarm 133 - D-League
- Highlights: R.J. Hunter (Video) - D-League
- Highlights: Cheick Diallo (Video) - D-League
- Highlights: Christian Wood (Video) - D-League