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Whitehead hits game winner in D-League thriller, ending Long Island losing streak

Long Island Nets

The Brooklyn Nets win over the Miami Heat wasn’t the only thriller Friday night in Nets Land. Isaiah Whitehead hit a runner in the lane with 0.3 seconds remaining to give the Long Island Nets a 112-110 win over the Delaware 87ers in Newark, Delaware. The win ended Long Island’s six-game losing streak.

Long Island, now 15-13, won because of stellar backcourt play. Whitehead, on assignment from the Nets finished with 21 points on 10-of-18 shooting while Milton Doyle, one of the Nets two two-way contracts, had 26 on 10-of-25 shooting. Doyle also hit four 3-pointers.

Akil Mitchell, the team’s 6’9” center (and Joe Harris’ four year teammate at Virginia), hit for 18 points while shooting guard Jeremy Senglin had 13. James Webb III, who signed a two-way deal with the Nets last week, finished with seven. The 6’10” stretch 4 was only 1-of-6 from deep. He also had three rebounds, an assist and a steal in 22 minutes of work.

Webb had played the last year and a half with Delaware. He was greeted with cheers by the Delaware fans and congratulated by a few former teammates on his two-way contract.

Long Island played good defense, forcing 28 turnovers leading to 32 points. Shannon Scott, D’Angelo Russell’s backcourt mate at Ohio State, had five steals and Mitchell four.

The game was close throughout, with Delaware holding a one-point lead going into the fourth. Then with three seconds left, and the score tied, Long Island coach gave the ball to Whitehead who hit the winner in the lane.

Long Island got 58 points from their bench. That includes Whitehead’s 21. The former Seton Hall star has been both starting and filling in, depending on Doyle’s availability.

Christian Wood and James Young, the former Celtic who was taken with the Nets 2014 pick, both finished with 18.