The Long Island Nets picked up their second straight win, defeating the Canton Charge, the Cavs G League affiliate, 121-113, at Nassau Coliseum. With the win, the Nets improved to 9-16 on the season and 4-9 at home.
Devin Cannady put his sharpshooting on display to lead the Nets to the win. Cannady scored a team-high 24 points shooting 8-of-14 overall and 6-of-11 from deep. The 6’2” Princeton guard tallied five rebounds and four assists as well in 36 minutes of play.
Jonathan Kasibabu impressed in Monday’s win as well, recording his second double-double of the season with a career-high 22 points and 12 rebounds. The Nets’ 6’8” starting center shot 8-of-14 overall and went 2-of-2 from 3-point range. Kasibabu was consistent from the charity strike going 3-of-4. He played 34 minutes in the win.
The Nets are pleased with the 23-year-old Kasibabu’s development...
A fixture in the starting line up, we check in with Jonathan Kasibabu on his role with Long Island this season pic.twitter.com/BPwOojsIiq— Long Island Nets (@LongIslandNets) January 19, 2020
Meanwhile, Deng Adel, who’d been out with an Achilles injury, continued to build on his strong play, finishing with 18 points, five rebounds, and four assists in 24 minutes of play. He shot 7-of-12 overall and 1-of-2 from three in the win.
Chris Chiozza, one of Nets two new two-ways, was with the big club, while Jeremiah Martin, the other two-way, finished with a near double-double of 18 points, eight assists, and two rebounds in the win. Martin shot 5-of-17 overall and 2-of-5 from deep in a team-high 38 minutes of play.
The Nets finished with six players in double-figures out of nine active players. In addition to Chiozza, John Egbunu and CJ Massinburg sat out. Jaylen Hands, who’s been relegated to the bench with the signing of the two-ways, played only nine minutes and did not score. He’s also been dealing with back issues.
Long Island outscored Canton in three of the four quarters.
As a team, the Nets had a good shooting game, going 42-of-88 (48 percent) and 15-of-36 (42 percent). Long Island went 13-of-18 (72 percent) from the free throw line and tallied only 13 turnovers, which is lower than their season average.
Like NBA players, G League players also honored the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King...
Celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. pic.twitter.com/9rYV8FSXQJ— Long Island Nets (@LongIslandNets) January 20, 2020
Shaun Fein and the Nets coaching staff started Martin, Cannady, Adel, Kasibabu, and C.J. Williams.
The two teams began the game exchanging baskets. The Nets led the Charge halfway through the first but Canton ended the quarter on a strong note, finishing the quarter with a seven point lead.
At the end of the first, the Charge led 31-24.
The Nets began the second quarter on a 7-0 scoring run to tie the game up at 31. Long Island scored the ball consistently throughout the second quarter and played well on the defensive end. The Charge picked up late and both teams headed into the locker room tied up.
At the end of the first half, the game was tied up at 56.
Both teams played well in the third, trading baskets and leads. After both teams went back and forth in the third, the Nets ended the quarter with a two point lead heading into the final 12 minutes of play. The Nets led 88-86.
The game came down to the final three minutes of play. The Nets pulled through when it mattered, putting together an 8-0 scoring run, building their lead to 114-107 with just over two minutes to play. The run benefited the Nets as the Charge could not overcome the late deficit.
The Nets look to make it three in a row at home when they host the South Bay Lakers, the Los Angeles Lakers G League affiliate, Friday January 24.
Meanwhile, after the game, the Nets and Raptors 905 reportedly agreed to swap players in a G League sign-and-trade, one that will keep Justin Anderson in the Nets organization.
Raptors 905 are trading Justin Anderson to the Long Island Nets in exchange for the rights to Henry Ellenson. Ellenson is expected to sign his G League contract with Long Island to complete the trade.— ke!sea (@kelsea_lately) January 21, 2020
Anderson was recently released by the Nets at the end of his 10-day contract.