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Long Island Nets lose, but Alexander, Hunter play well

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Cliff Alexander Brooklyn Nets

The Long Island Nets flew to Greensboro Friday to face one of the D-League’s other expansion teams in a rare night game, losing 126-108.

But the team’s two newest additions — R.J. Hunter and Cliff Alexander— had good games, at least on offense. Hunter, who the Long Island Nets signed after the Bulls waived him, led the Nets with 19 points (8-of-13, 2-of-7) and handed out seven assists in 31 minutes. The 6’8” Alexander, traded by the Magic affiliate in Erie to Long Island this week, scored 16 points (6-of-10, 0-of-1) and grabbed eight boards. The box score said he it all in 22 minutes ... although he claims it was less.

It was Alexander’s first game with Long Island, but not within the Nets organization. Two years ago, after going undrafted, he played for the Nets in summer league before joining the Trail Blazers for training camp.

The Nets don’t hold either players’ NBA rights, but under the new CBA, players like Hunter and Alexander can sign two-way contracts with NBA teams starting in July. Under those deals, NBA teams will now have two additional roster spots (17 total) to stash whomever they want and most importantly retain their player rights. The players will be paid NBA salaries when in the NBA, D-League salaries when in the D-League.

Chris McCullough played only 24 minutes, but made the best of it, scoring 15 points (5-of-10, 0-of-3) to go along with nine rebounds and two steals. Taurean Prince, on loan from the Hawks, scored 16 and Lazar Hayward had 13.

The Swarm backcourt was particularly effective. Rasheed Suliamon, the 6’4” shooting guard who had a checkered past at Duke, led all scorers with 30, hitting 3-of-6 threes while playing 40 minutes. Archie Goodwin, the 6’5” point guard out of Kentucky, finished with 24 points. He also grabbed 10 rebounds and handed out five assists.

The game started neck-and-neck with four lead changes early. But by the end of the first quarter, Greensboro was ahead by seven. It was never in trouble after that.

Full-game video can be found here.