Cliff Alexander hit three of four of his three point shots and showed off a mid-range game Tuesday on his way to a 27 point performance that highlighted a 123-98 win over the Westchester Knicks. The 6’9”, 250-pound Alexander also grabbed 13 rebounds, all defensive.
It was the biggest win of the year for the young Nets. In addition to Alexander, Long Island’s offense featured five other double-figure scorers, two of whom, R.J. Hunter (23) and J.J. Moore (20) finished with better than 20 points. Hunter shot 8-of-18 overall, 3-of-9 from three.
The game was played before empty stands at Barclays Center. Long Island is now 15-28, with seven games left in the season.
Alexander has improved his game since going undrafted in the 2015 draft. He played for the Nets summer league team as a 19-year-old before joining the Trail Blazers. Portland did not renew his contract this summer and Alexander tried out for the Magic before being waived and signed by the Magic D-League affiliate, the Erie Bayhawks. The Nets traded for him at the end of January.
The Nets jumped out to any early lead and led, 70-48, at the half. The Knicks made a bit of a run in the third led by John Jenkins, he 6’4” shooting guard who scored 40 points. Alexander thwarted the Westchester run with a quick, individual run of seven points in a minute.
Tim Quarterman, the Trail Blazers point guard on assignment to Long Island, had 13 points, seven assists, seven rebounds and three steals.
Full game video can be found here.
- Box Score: Long Island Nets 123, Westchester Knicks 99 - D-League
- Highlights: Cliff Alexander (27 points) vs. the Knicks, 3/14/2017 (Video) - D-League
- Highlights: RJ Hunter (23 points) vs. the Knicks, 3/14/2017 (Video) - D-League
- Highlights: JJ Moore (20 points) vs. the Knicks, 3/14/2017 (Video) - D-League
- Highlights: Tim Quarterman (13 points) vs. the Knicks, 3/14/2017 (Video) - D-League
- Trahson Burrell with the nice dish vs. the Knicks (Video) - D-League