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Long Island wins second straight in dramatic fashion, 128-127

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The Long Island Nets scored the last five points of the game Thursday at the Nassau Coliseum, salvaging a win over the Capital City Go-Go, the Wizards affiliate, 128-127.

With 31.8 seconds left, the Nets were down 127-123 after Jordan McRae hit a free throw to complete a three-point play. Two seconds later, Theo Pinson, who had another big game for Long Island, hit two free throws of his own to close the gap to two. After McRae missed a fadeaway, Dzanan Musa grabbed the rebound and fired a pass down court to Mitch Creek who drove the lane, hit the layup to tie the game, then made the winning free throw.

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The Go-Go missed two shots, one a three by Chris Chiozza —successfully challenged by Pinson— at the buzzer. Game over.

The game was back-and-forth with more than its share of sloppy play. The Nets and Go-Go combined for 37 turnovers, 22 by Long Island.

The Nets went up by as many as eight points in the third quarter and led by six points early in the fourth quarter before Capital City battled back to take the lead with 1:25 to play in the game.

Pinson, the undrafted swingman out of North Carolina, was the star of the game, finishing with 29 points, six rebounds, six assists, and two blocked shots. He hit 6-of-8 three-pointers, extraordinary for a player who shot 22 percent from that range in his last year at UNC. He’s averaging 25.5 points and shooting 57.1 percent from three.

The Nets other two-way player, Alan Williams, had his second big game as well, with 26 points and 14 rebounds. In Long Island’s first game, the 6’8” center had 27 and 15. Creek also had a double-double, 17 points and 11 rebounds, plus four steals.

Musa scored 19 points, grabbed seven rebounds and handed out four assists, including on the Nets’ last play. He shot 4-of-10 overall, 1-of-4 from three. Musa spent much of the game as the Nets playmaker.

Post-game, Creek and Pinson talked to Gina Antoniello about how the Nets had made adjustments, particularly on defense.

Long Island plays its next game at Nassau on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. vs. the Delaware Blue Coats, the 76ers affiliate.