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Long Island Nets lose to Greensboro Swarm at Barclays

Long Island Nets

With Chris McCullough suiting up for the Nets —and Yogi Ferrell leading the Mavericks to a win over the Cavaliers (!)— the Long Island Nets lost to the Greensboro Swarm before a crowd of 1,880 at Barclays Center. Final score: 118-108.

It was the first time in a month —and the fourth time all season— that the Nets played before a paying crowd at home and although the Nets lost, the game was close.

Nets forward Lazar Hayward recorded a season-high and game-high 27 points with 10 rebounds and four assists in 41 minutes tonight, while center Egidijus Mockevicius (16 points, 11 rebounds) and guard Carrick Felix (13 points, 10 rebounds) each added a double-double for Long Island in the effort.

Probably the best news for the Nets was that Boris Dallo, the 6’6” French guard showed he could pick up the slack for Ferrell, called up by Dallas over the weekend. Dallo scored a season-high 19 points with six rebounds and nine assists in 37 minutes in the Nets’ loss. After a strong game over the weekend, R.J. Hunter scored only six points in this contest, going 2-of-9. Archie Goodwin led the Swarm with 23.

But the big news around the Long Island club was the success of the 6’0” Ferrell, who playing his second game with Dallas Monday, scored 19 points in a win over Cleveland. It was his second strong game on his 10-day contract. He now seems like a cinch to finish the season with the Mavericks.

Through two games, he’s averaging 14 points, 5 assists, 3.5 rebounds, and 3 assists against two of the very best teams in the National Basketball Association, the Spurs and Cavs, both wins. With the Mavs three point guards —including ex-Nets Deron Williams and Devin Harris — out, Ferrell was called up to fill in. He’s become the Mavs starting point guard.

Ferrell was signed by the Nets in the summer, waived and sent to Long Island, then called up when Greivis Vasquez was bought out. After a short stint as a Nets player, he was waived again, this time in favor of Spencer Dinwiddie. Back in Long Island as a free agent, he became a call-up candidate. The Nets have no NBA rights to F errell, only his D-League rights in the now unlikely event he doesn’t get a deal from Dallas.

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