After losing on a last second layup against the Blue Coats on Thursday, Long Island lost their third straight game in a 134-130 double overtime thriller Saturday against the Westchester Knicks at the Westchester County Center.
The ending of the second OT was not without controversy. After a frantic sequence with the Nets trying to connect on a three to tie the game, Nets two-way Alan Williams picked up a technical foul arguing a call down low. After the technical free throw, Knicks extended their lead to four, the winning margin.
Dzanan Musa had himself a great outing, recording a near triple-double in the loss with a G League-high 30 points, 11 rebounds, and six assists. He also hit six three-pointers in 12 attempts. No longer on minutes restrictions, Musa has an up-and-down return but tonight was his best all-around game. He averaged 22.3 points this past week along with seven rebounds and 4.7 assists.
Musa told NetsDaily that assistant coach Pablo Prigioni and player development coordinator Shaun Fein had been helping of late on this deep shooting and it showed...
Long Island’s other stalwarts also played well, but it wasn’t enough.
—Nets two-way player Theo Pinson had another solid outing scoring 21 points and recording seven assists and six rebounds. Alan Williams, the Nets other two-way, recorded his 21st double-double of the season, which is fourth best in the G-League, with 17 points and 16 rebounds.
—Mitch Creek, who was recently released from his 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets, scored 17 points, adding seven rebounds and three assists in the loss.
—Drew Gordon, brother of Orlando Magic’s Aaron Gordon, scored 14 points and eight rebounds while Jordan McLaughlin recorded 13 points, two rebounds, and two steals.
Similarly, Westchester’s starting five all finished with double digit scoring and three finished with double-doubles.
Billy Garrett of the Knicks recorded career-highs in both points and assists with 39 points and 12 assists in the win. Zak Irvin had a good game for Westchester recording a double-double with 25 points and 14 rebounds while Jameel Warney recorded a double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds.
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With trade season and the first round of buyouts now over, teams like Brooklyn and New York have open roster spots. The Nets currently have one while the Knicks have three. With the G-League recording 27 call-ups so far this season and both teams looking for players to fill their vacancies, the G League may be one place they’ll look.
Will Weaver started Musa, Pinson, Williams, Creek and Shannon Scott, Williams and Creek, Weaver and the Nets were looking to end their two-game losing streak and regain their throne on top of the Eastern Conference with a win.
The first quarter was filled with scoring from both teams. The three-ball for Long Island was working early giving the Nets an early lead. Long Island led the game since the 9:55 mark in the first period and went on a couple scoring runs to pull away from Westchester. With 6:46 left in the first, the Nets had a 13-point lead over the Knicks with a score of 21-9. The Knicks managed to go on a 7-0 scoring run in the middle of the first to get back into the game. Westchester pulled back into the game but trailed Long Island by 9 heading into the second.
Musa has a strong first quarter leading the Nets with 14 points. He shot with confidence, especially from behind the arc. Creek had a good quarter for the Nets as well recording a quick seven points while Pinson scored seven points as well and had three assists.
For Westchester, Irvin recorded nine points but struggled to get points on the board early in the game. Baulkman scored six points in the first period.
At the end of one, Long Island led Westchester 38-29.
Westchester started the second quarter on a 6-0 scoring run to cut their deficit to five points with 10:53 left in the quarter. Garrett scored four of the six points in Westchester’s quick scoring run to open the quarter.
With 4:39 left in the first half, Creek picked up a technical foul giving Westchester the opportunity to cut their deficit to five points. McLaughlin began to take over the game scoring all of his eight points in the second. Gordon had ten points heading into the halftime.
Musa had a quiet quarter for Long Island scoring only two points but was the high man for the Nets at the half with 16 points followed by Gordon, who recorded 10 points.
Williams had a quiet first half recording only four points but eight rebounds.
For Westchester, they led the quarter in scoring with 31 points to Long Island’s 25 cutting their deficit to only three points heading into the locker room (63-60). Warney recorded 14 points leading his team to go along with seven assists. Watson ended the first half with 12 points.
Like the second quarter, Westchester came out of the locker room scoring the basketball early. The Knicks went on a quick 9-0 scoring run taking the lead from Long Island and leading 71-66 with 9:35 left in the third.
Both teams continued to score the ball keeping the game close. Long Island struggled to score the ball in the final three minutes of the quarter. In fact, they did not score since the 3:19 mark. While the Nets went scoreless for the final three minutes, Westchester took the lead late heading to the final period with a one point lead. Musa had another strong quarter scoring five points in the quarter adding on to his total and ending the third with 21 points. Gordon only scored two points in the third heading to the fourth with 12 points.
Pinson had a good third period passing and scoring the ball. He recorded 15 points. Williams scored only two points in the third increasing his total to six points. Despite scoring only six points, Big Sauce snagged 10 rebounds heading into the final period.
For Westchester, all of their starting five recorded double digit scoring with Garrett leading the team with 19 points and 10 assists. Irvin recorded 17 points and 10 rebounds while Warney scored 16 points and eight rebounds.
Heading into the final period, Long Island trailed Westchester 89-90.
Long Island started the final period putting some points on the board early. In the first two minutes, the Nets went on 8-to-4.
With 8:18 left in the fourth, Warney picked up a technical foul arguing a holding call on Williams leading to Pinson extending Long Island’s lead to six points off the free throw.
Big Sauce recorded his 21st double-double of the season (12 points and 10 rebounds) with 9:47 left in the game.
With 5:14 left, Garrett connected on an and-one drive tying the game up at 107 and increasing his game total to 23 points.
With the game tied up at 111 with 3:10 left in the game, Weaver called a quick thirty second timeout to talk it over with his team. Following the timeout, the Nets put up a quick four points to take the lead.
As expected the game came down to the wire. With the game all tied up at 117, Weaver called his final timeout for the Nets as they draw up a play to win the game with 0:8.4 left in the game. Well, the game headed into overtime as Pinson’s last second heave from behind the arc could not fall.
In two minutes of overtime, Westchester scored two late buckets to lead 123-121. With 15.4 left in overtime, Weaver called time and went straight to the IPad to draw up a play.
Weaver’s timeout plan was a success. McLaughlin takes it down the lane and converts on an and-one to put Long Island up by one and force Westchester to call time with 11.1 left in overtime. With the foul, Warney fouled out.
With 5.0 left in overtime, Garrett drove to the basket forcing a foul and tying the game up at 126.
McLaughlin missed the heavily contested elbow jumper sending the game into double overtime tied up at 126.
In double overtime, both teams came out scoring the ball. With 19.8 left in double OT, Weaver calls time with his team down by two.
After WIlliams could not connect on a contested post up, Nets quickly foul sending Garrett to the foul line with 13.2 left. Garrett would go on to make one out of two free throws extending their lead to three.
Okaro White, Thomas Wimbush and Kamari Murphy, all top rebounders for the Nets, did not play.
Earlier Saturday, the Lakeland Magic moved to the top of the Eastern Conference with a 109-103 win over the Erie BayHawks. They currently sit a half game ahead of Long Island with a 22-12 record.
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