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With Alan Williams hitting three’s in his return, Long Island beats Grand Rapids

NBA: Brooklyn Nets-Media Day Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports

You could say that Alan Williams returned to Long Island Wednesday looking just as he good as he did before he briefly left the the Nets two weeks ago. But that wouldn’t quite be true. Williams actually looked better, adding a willingness and an ability to go deep!

The Nets 6’8”, 261-pound two-way player finished with 19 points, 10 rebounds, two blocks and two steals in 24 minutes as Long Island blew out Grand Rapids, 116-88, in a Wednesday morning game at Nassau Coliseum. Williams also went 3-of-7 from deep. He explained the new range this way...

Before this season, Williams had never taken a three pointer in his NBA career, three years with the Suns and a game with the Nets, or in his G League career. Understanding his career depends on extending his range, Big Sauce tried his first three’s this season on the Island. He’s now shooting 30 percent from deep. Williams was waived January 2, hoping to sign a deal with a Chinese team, but those talks fell through and he returned to Long Island and the Nets.

The Nets other two way, Theo Pinson, did not play vs. the Drive. He’s in Houston for the Nets game with the Rockets Wednesday night. Dzanan Musa, who’s been averaging better than 20 points a game playing on the Island, is hurt.

Thomas Wimbush, a 6’7” wing who’s been filling in for Musa, led the Nets with 21 points. It was the latest in a string of solid games for the 25-year-old Fairmount State product. Shannon Scott didn’t reach the 20-assist level as he has twice in the last two weeks, but he had a solid 17-point, eight assist and five rebound effort. Also in double figures were Okaro White, the former Heat and Wizard big who finished with 11 points and seven assists. White, who is known for his three-point shooting, was 1-of-7 for the day.

Nuni Omot and Ish Sanogo both had 12 points.

The Drive were never in the game as the Nets raced out to a 28-15 lead at the end of the first quarter, then built it up to 62-44 at the half and 94-64 after three. Isaiah Whitehead, the former Net who Grand Rapids signed on Tuesday, did not play for Grand Rapids. Another former Net trying to get back in the game, Marcus Thorton, finished with 13 points, but shot 4-of-20, including 0-of-8 from deep.

The 11 a.m. start was part of a Nets-sponsored Education Day program which drew nearly 3,000 fans.