The Long Island Nets lost their second straight game Thursday at Nassau Coliseum, going down, 96-92, to the Greensboro Swarm, the Hornets’ G-League affiliate.
In a close game from beginning to end, Long Island once again had issues with its offense, particularly upfront. The young Nets shot 40 percent overall but only 27 percent from deep (9-of-33).
The Nets were led by J.J. Moore and Kamari Murphy, both of whom scored 19 points. The 6’9” Murphy, a Brooklyn native, also grabbed 11 rebounds.
Backcourt mates Milton Doyle and Jeremy Senglin added 14 each. Senglin, the NCAA’s most prolific three point shooter last year, was 3-of-5 from deep. Doyle finished with five assists and seven rebounds in 40 minutes ... as well as a spectacular putback dunk.
Shannon Scott, the 6’1” point guard who shared backcourt duties with D’Angelo Russell at Ohio State, had a mediocre shooting night, going 2-of-9, but put up six assists and six rebounds in his first start.
Murphy led Long Island in the first half with 13 points to put the score even at 46. For Greensboro, forward Jalen Jones led the way at the half with 10 points off the bench. He ended the night with a game-high 23 points and a double-double of his own with 11 rebounds.
In a game that consisted of 14 lead changes, a one-point lead was traded multiple times in the final minute before a Swarm three-pointer from guard Marcus Paige —whose rights the Nets traded for Isaiah Whitehead on Draft Night 2016— gave the visitors a 92-90 lead. Greensboro held onto that final lead to top the Nets by four points.
The Nets play their next game on Sunday in a 3 p.m. ET contest against the Grand Rapids Drive at the Coliseum.