The Long Island Nets went up against the Raptors 905 Sunday evening back-to-back at Barclays Center. It’s the only game this season where the NBA game preceded the D-League game. The Raptors are arguably the league’s best team and they showed it, beating Long Island, 117-19. They went up 15-0 and never looked back.
The trio that has carried the Nets to whatever success they had this late in the season did what they could. R.J. Hunter finished with 26 points on 6-of-18 shooting overall, 4-of-11 from three as well as 11 trips to the line missing only once. Cliff Alexander recorded a double-double with 23 points (10-of-19 overall and a game-high 12 rebounds in 33 minutes off the bench. Trahson Burrell had 16 to go along with seven assists.
The 905 opened the game on a 15-0 run and led wire-to-wire in their victory over the Nets. Raptors 905 shot 52.2 percent from the field and 41.7 percent from long range in the first half to take a 24-point lead at halftime (66-42).
The Nets then outscored Raptors 905 57-51 in the second half on 47.5 percent shooting but couldn’t overcome the 905’s lead, which was as many as 32 points with 2:47 remaining in the third quarter.
Axel Toupane led the 905 with a double-double, recording 20 points and 10 assists in 21 minutes. Edy Tavares totaled 17 points with nine rebounds in 17 minutes, while Pascal Siakam scored 16 points with eight rebounds and two assists in 29 minutes.
The Nets play four more games before the D-League finishes its regular season on April 1.
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