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Alan Williams and Okaro White lead comeback as Long Island takes down Agua Caliente, 117-107

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The Long Island Nets snapped their two game losing streak with a fourth quarter comeback to take down the Agua Caliente Clippers, 117-107.

Nets two-way player Alan Williams, who is averaging 21.0 points and 13.7 rebounds, recorded another double-double in the win with 25 points and 10 rebounds.

Okaro White also had another impressive outing for Long Island recording his fourth double-double in the last four games with 25 points and 13 rebounds. Big Sauce and White were the game-high scorers with 25 points each.

Jordan McLaughlin, returning from a hamstring injury, recorded 16 points to go along with his six assists. Drew Gordon had a solid outing with 15 points and three rebounds.

Shannon Scott, who was coming off his triple-double in Saturday’s loss to Salt Lake, led the game in assists with nine to go along with five steals and five points. Meanwhile, for the second game, Tahjere McCall and Thomas Wimbush did not play for the second straight game.

For the Agua Caliente Clippers, they had seven of their nine players in double-figure scoring led by former Net and 2013 first overall pick Anthony Bennett. Bennett recorded 21 points and four rebounds in the loss.

Manu Lecomte scored 20 points, six assists, and five rebounds in the loss. J.J. Avila was the only Clipper who recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Both teams were short-handed. The Nets entered the second game of their four game road trip with nine players active. Theo Pinson and Mitch Creek are with the Brooklyn Nets while McCall and Wimbush were inactive. With Long Island without four main players, Will Weaver started newly acquired shooting guard Kevin Olekaibe, Kamari Murphy, Scott, Williams and White.

For the Agua Caliente Clippers, Angel Delgado, the G League’s leading rebounder, Demarcus Holland, Johnathan Motley, and Evan Taylor did not play leaving the team with nine active players as well.

The Clippers took no time to start an 11-to-2 scoring run to begin the game. Despite the quick scoring run by the Clippers, Williams led the Nets back by scoring eight of Long Island’s first 10 points.

The Nets did not lead once in the first but were able to keep their deficit to single digits. Williams had a strong opening quarter for the Nets scoring 10 points. At the end of one, Long Island trailed Agua Caliente 32-27.

Long Island got off to a quick start in the opening minutes of the second cutting their deficit to only one point. With the Nets climbing their way back into the game, Agua Caliente went on an 11-to-0 scoring run to extend their lead back to 10 points with 9:20 left.

The Nets managed to tie the game at 43 with 6:25 left in the second but the Clippers managed to retain their lead and end the half with a 68-54 lead.

Bennett led the Clippers with 14 points and four rebounds followed by Marc Loving with 10 points.

For the Nets, Williams had a strong half scoring 12 points to go along with his five rebounds. Jordan McLaughlin had an impressive half as well for Long Island scoring 12 points and three assists.

The third quarter was nothing new for Long Island. The Nets managed to stay in the game holding their deficit to single digits. With 3:19 left in the third, the Clippers led by 14 which was their biggest lead of the game.

With the Nets trailing by 14, Long Island behind the play of Williams fought their way back into the game. Big Sauce would scored eight points in the final three minutes to cut the Clippers lead to only three points.

At the end of three, Big Sauce led the Nets in scoring with 20 points while Bennett led the Clippers with 17 points.

With 9:14 left in the fourth, Williams gave the Nets their first lead of the night barreling through Desi Rodriguez for an and-one. The Clippers would challenge the call but after the referees reviewed the play for a couple minutes, the call stood giving Long Island a two point lead with Williams making the free throw.

Anfernee Simons, who was the Portland Trail Blazers 24th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, fouled out with 6:00 minutes left in the game. Simons recorded 12 points, two rebounds, and five turnovers for the Clippers.

With 4:02 left in the game and the Nets up by 10, Clippers grew frustrated, leading to a small scuffle between Gordon and Bennett. After the referees took a look at the play, and Gordon and Bennett were both given a double technical.

Nets led by 11 points with 2:00 minutes left in the fourth leading to the Clippers applying heavy pressure. Bennett picked up his final foul with 1:29 left leading to McLaughlin extending Long Island’s lead to 12 points.

The Nets will look for their second straight win when they take on the Texas Legends on Wednesday; their third game of their four game road trip.