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R.J. Hunter goes for 27 in 21 minutes and Long Island beats Greensboro

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Five games back, after he had scored 25 points in his sixth game with the Long Island Nets, R.J. Hunter said he thought he was getting his groove back.

“I've actually been struggling shooting for like a year and a half now," Hunter, a 6-foot 6-inch combo guard, told NetsDaily’s Bryan Fonseca post-game. "It was my best day in a while. I was just being more aggressive. I think (in the past) I was too laid back, and waiting for the ball to get to me. So I was just trying to go get it, and trying to make something happen."

His production since seems to confirm he’s on track. In the last five games, he’s shot 45.4 percent from three and is averaging nearly 18 points a games. But none of his games were as big as Saturday night. Hunter put on a shooting exhibition, hitting 7-of-8 overall, 5-of-6 from three and topped it off with 8-of-8 at the line. He also had four assists, all of them neat. In 21 minutes! Off the bench!

Hunter was the star of Long Island’s 130-99 win over Greensboro, the second game of a back-to-back in the North Carolina city. The Nets lost the first to the Swarm, Charlotte’s affiliate.

Long Island’s other new acquisition, Cliff Alexander, finished with nine points and eight rebounds in 18 minutes. J.J. Moore, the 6’6” swingman who’s one of the team’s leaders, scored 22. Chris McCullough was 4-of-9 in 24 minutes, finishing with eight points and five rebounds. Trahson Burrell had 22 points and five assists.

Rasheed Suliamon, who had 30 on Friday, was held to 12 points Saturday.