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Nets two-ways lead Long Island to second straight nail-biter win

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Long Island Nets v Lakeland Magic Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images

Milton Doyle and newly signed James Webb III, Brooklyn’s two-way contracts, scored 43 of Long Island’s 103 points as the Long Island Nets beat the Lakeland Magic by one at Nassau Coliseum. It was the Nets second close win in two nights, having beaten Delaware by two on an Isaiah Whitehead buzzer-beater on Friday.

The game was a breakout for Webb, who scored 20 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, hit 5-of-10 from deep and came away with three steals as well. It was his third double-double of the season and his first as a member of the Nets.

Webb, listed at 6’9” (he says 6’10”) has had the green light from deep since being signed last week. Before Saturday night, however, the Boise State product had shot only 5-of-21 in two games. He’s a career 36 percent shooter from three in the G-League.

Here’s his highlight package from the win...

And here’s Doyle’s highlight package...

Although the game was close and resulted in a one-point win, Long Island never trailed in the contest.

Doyle, who recently spent time with Brooklyn, led the way for the Nets with 23 points, five rebounds and five assists is 36 minutes. Doyle notched 12 points (4-of-5 FG, 3-of-4 3FG, 1-of-1 FT) in the first quarter alone to help the Nets take an early 33-24 lead. Isaiah Whitehead, who is on assignment with Long Island, contributed 14 points, five rebounds and six assists in 24 minutes off the bench.

Long Island took a 15-point lead to halftime, but Lakeland looked to close the gap in the third. Webb registered a 10-point third quarter for Long Island to keep the home team’s lead.

The Nets led 82-77 after three periods and allowed the Magic to tie the game twice in the fourth quarter. Missed opportunities by both teams in the final seconds of the game allowed Long Island to come away with the one-point victory.

Lakeland forward Xavier Gibson tallied a game-high 28 points and 13 rebounds for a double-double in 31 minutes off the bench. His 10-point fourth quarter contributed greatly to the Magic’s attempted comeback. Guard Troy Caupain also had a double-double for the visitors with 13 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in 40 minutes.

The Nets play their next game at home against the Maine Red Claws on Tuesday, January 23, at 7 p.m. ET, while the Magic will host the Greensboro Swarm in their next contest, also on Tuesday, January 23, at 7 p.m. ET.