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Theo Pinson goes for 43 in Long Island Nets win over Maine Red Claws

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Brooklyn Nets Media Day Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images

Theo Pinson is expected on the Brooklyn Nets bench Friday. The Nets two-way might be tired after playing 40 minutes but he’s certainly exhilarated after scoring 43 points Thursday as the short-handed Long Island Nets beat the Maine Red Claws, 121-109, in Portland.

Long Island (17-6) was led by Pinson, who finished 17-of-29 shooting, including 7-of-13 from downtown. Here’s his highlight reel...

Okaro White, the 6’8” forward signed earlier in the week, had with 17 points, while Kamari Murphy added 16 points. Tahjere McCall and Shannon Scott, LIN’s vets, scored 12 points each and Thomas Wimbush recorded a 10 point-10 rebound double-double.

The Nets, who are currently first in the G League’s Eastern Conference, were without several key players, including two-way Alan Williams who left the team for China last week, but returned Thursday. Also absent: Jordan McLaughlin and Mitch Creek, giving the Nets only 10 healthy bodies for the road trip.

Maine (8-16) was led by Boston Celtics Two-Way Player P.J. Dozier, who finished with 28 points and 6 assists. Former Net Archie Goodwin added 24 points off the bench to go with 9 rebounds. Justin Bibbs dropped in 20 points, and Andrew White scored 17 points. Nick King added 10 points in the loss.

White, who’s played 44 NBA games with Miami and Washington, shot 6-of-10 overall including a three and and alley-oop during the Nets early run.