The Long Island Nets continued their strong second half Saturday afternoon in the Toronto suburbs, defeating their Atlantic Division rival, the Raptors 905, 114-106, led by their Big Three of Dzanan Musa, Theo Pinson and Alan Williams who combined for 70 points.
With the win, the Nets are now on top of the division and Eastern Conference with a 23-14 record. The Long Island has never made the G League playoffs. They have 13 games left in the 50-game G League season.
The Nets had four players in double digit scoring. Musa led the way for the Nets scoring a team-high 25 points on 9-of-18 shooting. Nets two-way player Pinson had a solid outing, recording 24 points to go along with his seven rebounds and three assists. The two, who have been inconsistent from deep this year, finished 6-of-13 from beyond the arc.
Williams, two-way player for the Nets, recorded another double-double with 21 points and 14 rebounds. All three are now averaging between 19.4 and 20.6 points per game.
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Jordan McLaughlin, the Nets combo guard out of USC, had a good outing as well, scoring 13 points and six assists in the win.
For Raptors 905, two-way player Jordan Lloyd scored a game-high 32 points on 10-of-19 shooting. Chris Boucher had a good outing for the 905 recording 26 points and 14 rebounds.
Pinson, Shannon Scott, Williams, Kamari Murphy, and Musa started the game for the Nets. Ismael Sanogo, Okaro White and Thomas Wimbush did not play for Long Island.
Long Island started the game on a 12-to-0 scoring run holding the Raptors 905 to zero points in the opening four minutes of the game. Musa scored five of the Nets first 12 points. Raptors 905 scored their first points with 7:53 left in the first period.
The Nets continued to dominate on both ends of the floor extending their lead to 11 with 4:54 left in the quarter. After a sluggish start, Raptors 905 began to climb back into the game going on a 9-0 scoring run cutting the Nets lead to only two points.
At the end of one, Long Island led the Raptors 905 26-19. Big Sauce dominated with nine points while Pinson recorded seven and Musa five.
For the Raptors 905, Chris Boucher led all scorers after one with 12 points followed by two-way player Jordan Lloyd with three points.
Both teams started the second quarter scoring the ball and keeping the game within a possession. Midway through the second, Long Island went on an eight point scoring run to increase their lead to 17 points with 6:15 left.
Raptors 905 climbed their way once again back into the game closing out the half down by 12.
Musa had a great second quarter scoring ten points and finishing the first half with 15 points. Williams ended the first half with nearly a double-double: 15 points and nine rebounds. Pinson led the Nets in first half scoring with 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting.
For the Raptors 905, Boucher continued to pile on the points ending the half with 17 points. Two-way player Lloyd recorded 14 points.
The third quarter was filled with heavy scoring from both teams. Raptors 905 and the Nets quickly started the second half piling on the early points. Despite the Raptors 905 scoring the ball, the Nets did a good job holding on to their lead.
At the end of the third, Long Island led the Raptors 905, 85-75. Going into the fourth, Pinson continued to lead with 21 points
The Nets managed to hold off the Raptors 905 in the fourth. The Raptors 905 did a good job climbing their way back into the game late but Long Island’s Big Three were ultimately too much.
Mitch Creek continues with the Australian national team. He’s in Tehran for Sunday’s game between Australia and Iran in the FIBA Asia World Cup Qualifiers. The Boomers have already clinched a spot in the World Cup this summer in China.