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James Webb III scores 15 in Long Island debut, but Nets lose to Knicks

The Long Island Nets had Milton Doyle, Isaiah Whitehead and their new two-way contract, James Webb III, but despite double-digit scoring from them and Jeremy Senglin, Brooklyn’s affiliate lost to the Westchester Knicks Wednesday in the Battle of the ‘Burbs.

Westchester (20-10) has won twice as many games as it has lost, securing its spot at the top of the league for another night with a 98-90 win over Long Island (14-13). Then Nets’ affiliate has now lost six straight.

New York Knicks assignee Damyean Dotson had a career best G League performance with a game-high 27 points, just missing a double-double with nine rebounds. Knicks two-way player Luke Kornet supplied 18 points with four rebounds, going 6-for-8 and hitting 3-of-3 from the arc. Knicks affiliate Xavier Rathan-Mayes finished with 14 points, seven assists, six rebounds, and four steals in the win, while Billy Garrett provided 14 points and four rebounds from the pine.

Doyle, just back from an extended swing with Brooklyn paced Long Island with 18 points while the bench combined for 45 points led by Webb and rookie Thomas Wimbush, both of whom had 15. Brooklyn Nets assignee Isaiah Whitehead finished with 11 points, five each of rebounds and assists, and three steals. Guard Shannon Scott also supplied 11 points while center Kamari Murphy grabbed 10 rebounds.

The Nets obviously encouraged the 6’10” Webb to shoot three’s. He took 16 shoots, 15 of them from deep. He made four. Going into the game, Webb was shooting 37.7 percent from 3-point land. The Nets picked him off the Delaware 87ers roster three days ago, the deadline for adding two-way contracts.

The Nets also announced that Yakuba Ouattara, the French shooting guard they signed to a two-way then waived in favor of Doyle, is back with the team. He has a standard G-League deal now.

Long Island began the game with a 3-shooting frenzy, taking 12 shot attempts behind the arc to the Knicks’ five. Unfortunately for the Nets, both teams hit three of those shots with Westchester also hitting 48 percent overall to Long Island’s 33 percent. With a six-point advantage heading into the second, the Knicks stayed steady but gave up 12 points off turnovers while the Nets began to find its footing with a 30-point quarter. At the half, the teams were knotted at 49.

Neither team fared well in the third, the Nets managing just 18 points and the Knicks 21. The largest lead of the quarter was just five points, with a three-point differential in Westchester’s favor heading to the final quarter. It looked as though the Knicks would run away with the win as it amassed a nine-point lead with 3:05 to go. A quick 7-0 run from Long Island kept things exciting as it was a one-possession game with under a minute to go, but that’s where it would end as Westchester scored another six points in free throws to take the 98-90 win.