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Milton Doyle hits double-overtime buzzer-beater to beat Bulls

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Mike Lawrence

The Legend of Milton Doyle continues.

Two days after he was signed to a two-way deal with the Nets, the 6’4” Chicagoan hit a buzzer beater as the Long Island Nets defeated the Windy City Bulls in double overtime Wednesday night. The final score was 114-113, Doyle’s floater the difference.

Here’s the video of the shot from the G-League...

The young Nets are now 12-6. Doyle finished with 23 points, eight rebounds and four assists in 40 minutes, shooting 8-of-22. Isaiah Whitehead, an assignment from Brooklyn, was high scorer for the Nets with 26, seven and five. He also played 40 minutes. Jacob Wiley, Long Island’s other two-way player, had 15 points and rookie Thomas Wimbush had 16.

Wednesday’s game was nip-and-tuck as both teams stayed within seven points of each other all night. Windy City struggled out of the gate, shooting 33 percent from the floor in the first quarter. Blakeney and Derick Newton combined for 18 points and four three-point shots in the opening period. The Bulls fell behind 16-9, but used an 11-4 run to take the four-point lead with two minutes remaining. Long Island, however, would close the stanza scoring seven of the final nine points to lead 27-26 at the end of the first.

The offense showed up in the second as both teams shot above 60 percent from the floor. Windy City grabbed their largest lead of the night at 39-35, but Long Island responded with a 23-12 run to lead by seven with under four minutes to play in the half. Both teams traded baskets to end the half, but the Nets lead by one possession at halftime, 64-62.

The third quarter mirrored the first, with both teams failing to score 20 points in the quarter. The two teams combined to shoot 28 percent from the floor, 11 percent from three, while turning the ball over 11 times. The Bulls managed to outscore Long Island by one to make it a one-point game heading into the fourth quarter.

Antonio Blakeney took control in the final quarter of regulation as he scored seven points in the opening four minutes and 14 of the team’s 23 fourth-quarter points. The period featured three lead changes and six ties. Trailing by one with under a minute to play, Jaylen Johnson went 1-for-2 at the charity stripe to tie the game at 102 and neither team could convert another basket, forcing overtime.

Each team scored six points in the first overtime, with Windy City making its hay at the free throw line. The Bulls tied the game at 108 on a Blakeney driving layup with three seconds remaining. On the ensuing possession, Whitehead missed a three-point shot to send the game into the second overtime.

In the second overtime, Antonio Blakeney made two free throws to give the Bulls a one-point lead with 1.7 seconds on the clock. After a reset timeout by Long Island, Doyle scored on his game winner, a floater as the buzzer went off.