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Long Island Nets return with a win, powered by eight players in double figures

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The Long Island Nets returned from their own All-Star Break Thursday and blew out the Sioux Falls Skyforce, 130-108, at Nassau Coliseum. The Nets had eight players in double figures led by Alan Williams who had yet another double-double with 20 points and 13 rebounds.

The Nets are now 22-14 and in second place in the G League’s Eastern Conference behind the Lakeland Magic with 14 games to go. Long Island has never made the G League playoffs.

After a 10-day layoff, and without Mitch Creek who’s playing for Team Australia in Asia, Long Island needed a win. Before the break, they had lost three straight.

The Nets got out to an big lead in the second and third quarters and didn’t relent, going up by 31 in the fourth. Long Island got hot in the second quarter, scoring 36 points in the quarter off 46 percent shooting. Shannon Scott, Long Island’s point guard, led the way in the second with nine points off 3-for-3 shooting from three-point range. The Nets took a 13-point lead into halftime by a score of 59-46.

The hot continued after the break, as the Nets scored 42 points in the third, while limiting the Skyforce to 33. The Nets entered the fourth with a 22-point lead going into the final period. Long Island would coast to the finish line, going up 126-95, with 4:30 to go.

Williams, one of the Nets two-way players, finished with five assists, two steals and two blocks along with his double-double. In addition, Scott stuffed the stat sheet with 15 points, six rebounds, six assists, a steal and two blocks.

Rounding out the scoring, Tahjere McCall finished with 17 points, Dzanan Musa had 14, Jordan McLaughlin 13, Theo Pinson 12, Kamari Murphy 11 and Nuni Omot 10. Will Davis II who the Nets acquired in a trade on Wednesday, had six points and five rebounds in 13 minutes. Davis replaces Drew Gordon, Aaron’s brother, who is out for the rest of the season with a shoulder injury.

The game also featured some heated moments that led to five technical fouls on Long Island players and assistant coach Scott Simpson. Among the players hit with a technical was Okaro White, who’s injured and sat on the Long Island bench.

For the Skyforce, the Heat’s long-time affiliate, Raphiael Putney led the way with a game-high 26 points to go along with a team-high nine rebounds.

As for Creek, he put up 12 points, grabbed two rebounds and handed out five assists as Australia beat Kazakhstan, 81-60, Thursday in the Kazakh capital of Astana. In a little more than two weeks, Creek has played in the NBA, G League and FIBA Asia. The Boomers will play Iran in Tehran on Sunday. Creek is then expected to return to Long Island.