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Whitehead goes for 24 in Long Island loss to Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne Mad Ants v Long Island Nets Photo by Mike Lawrence/NBAE via Getty Images

Isaiah Whitehead continued his scoring surge, but Milton Doyle did not, and the Long Island Nets lost to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, 108-91, at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum on Saturday night in front of a sellout crowd of 4,997.

Whitehead, in his second game back from a stint with Brooklyn, finished with 24 points on 10-of-26 shooting, including 2-of-8 from three. He also had three assists and five rebounds. In his last two games, Whitehead has scored 60 points.

Doyle, the sixth highest scorer in the G-League before the last two games, scored six points, missing four 3-pointers. He’s now 0-of-10 from deep in the last two games. He had scored eight points on Thursday when Whitehead scored 36.

Akil Mitchell, the Nets 6’9” center and four year teammate of Joe Harris, finished with a double-double,

Walt Lemon Jr. led the Mad Ants with 26 points, seven rebounds and five assists. It was his 20th game finishing in double figures this season.

Jarrod Uthoff finished with 22 points, nine rebounds, four assists and a team-high plus/minus ratio at +26.

The Mad Ants came out of the game on a 12-4 run to and never trailed throughout the entire game. The Mad Ants shot 56.5 percent in the opening quarter and grew the lead to as large as 14.

The second quarter provided the Mad Ants to cushion the lead after shooting 24-of-48 in the first 24 minutes of action. Perimeter defense aided the Mad Ants holding the Nets to 3-of-18 from beyond the arc in the first half.

After halftime, Fort Wayne began the third quarter on a 14-6 run, led by five points from Lemon. Uthoff finished with 10 points to add to his total, while Lemon tallied nine and increased his total to 21 for the game.

The Mad Ants tied its season-best 53 rebounds and outrebounded Long Island by 12.