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Long Island loses to Delaware as Wood scores 46

Long Island Nets

Christian Wood poured in 46 points and grabbed 19 rebounds in 39 minutes Sunday to lead the Delaware 87ers to a 123-115 upset win over the Long Island Nets at Nassau Coliseum. The Nets are now 25-20 and still holds a wild card in the G-League playoff race with five games to play.

For the Nets (25-20), the scoring was balanced, but not enough to overcome Wood, a 6’10” center who’s had turns with both Philadelphia and Charlotte.

Three Nets had 20 or more points. Isaiah Whitehead finished with 27 and both James Webb III and Kamari Murphy tallied 20. Whitehead also had three rebounds and two assists. He shot 10-of-28 and 2-of-8 from deep. Webb hit for six 3-pointers and grabbed nine rebounds.

Murphy, pressed into service as Long Island’s center, finished with five rebounds. Jeremy Senglin, coming off the bench, had 18 including four 3-pointers.

Despite trailing after the first quarter, the Nets tallied a 40-point second quarter to take a 66-61 lead at the half. It was just the third 40-point quarter for Long Island this season, with all three coming in the Nets’ last six contests.

Senglin tallied 16 of his 18 total points in the second quarter alone, shooting 100 percent from the field (6-of-6) and 3-point range (4-of-4) in the period. The lead didn’t last long for the Nets, who were outscored 28-14 in the third quarter and ultimately fell by eight.