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After delayed Thanksgiving, Long Island Nets win seventh game with late surge

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Dzazan Musa scored the last four points as the Long Island Nets defeated the Greensboro Swarm, 118-14, Friday night in North Carolina, Long Island’s seventh in nine games.

Musa was one of three Nets who scored more than 20 points in the game. Musa had 23 along with nine rebounds, Alan Williams 20 along with 17 rebounds and Jordan McLaughlin, the former USC point guard, had a team-high 24 rebounds along with five steals. Theo Pinson, playing before his hometown fans, finished with 16 points, four rebounds, five assists and two steals.

The Nets lead the G League’s Eastern Conference.

The Swarm got off to a hot start out the gate. J.P. Macura, one of the Hornets two-way contracts, scored seven of his 13 points in the first five minutes of game action. Chinanu Onuaku continued to be active on the boards with four rebounds in the opening period.

At the half, the Nets led, 55-54. Joe Chealey led all players with 14 first-half points. For Long Island, Williams led with 10 points and eight rebounds at the break.

Greensboro scored a season-high 37 points in the third quarter. However, Long Island came out swinging in the fourth, with a 17-7 run at the midway point. The Nets took a two-point lead with 1:22 remaining and were able to hold off a Swarm rally.

Pinson, who missed Thanksgiving at home with his family, hosted the Nets at his family home in Greensboro.

“Took all the boys home with me,” he said. “We didn’t get to have a Thanksgiving, so my mom cooked a big meal for us. We haven’t had a home-cooked meal in a while.”

The 6’7” swingman went undrafted but said things have worked out in Brooklyn where he has a two-way deal.

“Not getting drafted just gives me motivation, another chip on my shoulder,” Pinson said. “I’m in a good situation with the Nets. We’re doing well. We have a lot of guys who just want to win.

“I feel I am coming into the league at the right time. I’ve always been a versatile player and the way the game is now you have to be versatile. You really have to be able to play (positions) one through four.”

Musa, who was drafted, told Brian Lewis that he too was happy in the G League.

“I’m trying to prove to everyone that I can do multiple things on the court, that I’m not just some scorer, that I can pass, I can play defense,” the 6’9” Musa said. “I’m trying to prove to my coaches that I can do a little of everything. [I’m working on] ballhandling, a lot of shooting, and passing obviously. I’m trying to just help my guys in Long Island to be better players every day. That’s what I’m trying to do.”