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Long Island Nets get blown out in Canton, giving up 151 points

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The Canton Charge set a franchise record for points in a 151-125 win against the Long Island Nets in Canton Thursday night. The Nets were without Alan Williams, the G League’s leading rebounder who suffered an ankle injury in the Long Island game with Wisconsin earlier in the week.

The Charge shot a season-best 59.6 percent from the field. They were at 60.3 percent as a team at halftime, resulting in a franchise-record 83 points before the break. By that point, the Nets deficit had reached 16 points, getting as high as 31 in the fourth.

The Nets were led by Kamari Murphy, the 6’9” back-up center and power forward, who finished with a team-high 25 points and 12 rebounds. Dzanan Musa, who averages 20 a game, finished with 22 points in 26 minutes, shooting 8-of-11 overall and 3-of-5 from deep. Theo Pinson shot 1-of-7 from three but scored 13 points and handed out nine assists.

The Nets (8-4) entered the night No. 2 in the league in pace of play, and the Charge weren’t afraid to run with them. Canton had a season-high 33 assists against only eight turnovers and without Williams, defense underneath scored a whopping 94 points in the paint

“With the way they play, we really stressed handling the ball, and if we defended, just running it right back at them,” Charge coach Nate Reinking told the Canton Repository. “The game plan worked tonight.”

Kobi Simmons continued his strong play with Canton, scoring on 20 points on 9-of-17 shooting from the floor, while JaCorey Williams made his first 10 shots from the field and finished with 20 as well.

Two-way player Jalen Jones made his Charge debut and scored 18 points, while fellow two-way player Jaron Blossomgame added 14 points.

In an interview with the Trentonian in New Jersey, Musa said he’s happy commuting between Brooklyn and Long Island. The 19-year-old said he’s growing both physically and emotionally.

“From my standpoint, I think I’m more mature on the court,” he told The Trentonian in a one-on-one chat.

“I make better decisions for my teammates. And I think I have more strength now; I’ve gained more (weight), I’m up to 216 (pounds) so I feel a lot stronger with contact. That’s my primary goal right now, my goal is to get bigger and bigger every day. I think that’s the only reason I’m here and not in Brooklyn.”