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With Milton Doyle in Indianapolis, Long Island Nets fall to Canton

Mike Lawrence

A late charge by the Canton Charge cost the Long Island Nets Saturday night. With Milton Doyle on the Brooklyn Nets bench in Indianapolis, the young Nets lost, 104-101, at Nassau Coliseum.

Marcus Thornton, a 6’4” shooting guard (not the former Net), scored 31 points for the second consecutive night as Canton overcame a 14-point second-half deficit to defeat Long Island. Despite the loss, the 13-7 Nets moved into first place in the G-League’s Atlantic Division, jumping ahead of the Westchester Knicks.

For the Doyle-less Nets, Isaiah Whitehead came off the bench to score a team-high 22 points. Tahjere McCall added 18 points and seven rebounds for the Nets. JJ Moore also scored 14 points off the bench as well. Doyle, signed to a two-way NBA deal on Monday, didn’t play in the Nets-Pacers game.

The Nets led 80-72 entering the fourth, but Thornton scored 16 points to seal the win. His pull-up jumper with 9:29 left gave Canton its first lead of the game. They led the rest of the way. Whitehead kept the Nets close, scoring 11 of his 22 in the quarter.

Thornton was 12-of-26 from the field and 6-of-13 on 3-point shots. Thornton also had five assists and four rebounds in 39 minutes played. JaCorey Williams added a double-double of 18 points and 14 rebounds for the Charge. Cleveland’s Isaiah Thomas is practicing with the Charge but not playing.