The Long Island Nets closed out their lengthy six-game road trip with a win, defeating the Lakeland Magic, 110-84. With the victory, Long Island improved to 15-20 with their playoff hopes still intact. The Nets have 15 games remaining in the regular season.
The story of the game was the Nets second-round pick Nicolas Claxton, who made quite the return to the Nets G League.
Claxton, who was assigned to Long Island Wednesday, put on a show for Long Island, finishing with a double-double of 21 points, 12 rebounds to go along with three blocks, two steals, one assist, and one turnover, all in 19 minutes of play. The 20-year-old shot 8-of-10 overall and did not attempt a three. Claxton shot 3-of-4 from the charity strike as well and finished the win +34.
Claxton told Alex Schiffer of The Athletic earlier this week that he was expecting a stint in the G-League to stay fresh after not getting minutes in the past few games.
Jeremiah Martin, the Nets two-way guard, had a good all-around performance as well, finishing with 20 points, five rebounds, four assists, two blocks, two steals, and three turnovers in 31 minutes of play. Martin finished the win shooting 8-of-19 overall and went 1-of-4 from deep.
CJ Williams, the Nets veteran, put his deep shooting on display, going 4-of-8 from deep and 4-of-11 overall, finishing with 17 points in 29 minutes of play. Jonathan Kasibabu, the Nets starting center, played well, recording a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds in 25 minutes of play.
As a team, the Nets shot the ball well in the win, going 38-of-88 (43 percent) overall and 10-of-32 (32 percent) from deep in the win. Although the consistent shooting, Long Island recorded 17 turnovers in the loss.
Shaun Fein started Dzanan Musa, Devin Cannady, Williams, Kasibabu and Martin, leaving Claxton on the bench.
Long Island was the more aggressive team throughout the game. After a highly contested first half with both teams exchanging baskets, Long Island broke the game open in the third quarter. The Nets’ dominant third quarter included a 15-0 scoring run. The Nets outscored the Magic 29-17 in the third, heading into the final 12 minutes of play with a commanding 88-65 lead.
The Magic struggled to find a rhythm in the fourth quarter while the Nets played well on both ends on the floor. With three minutes remaining, Lakeland threw the white flag, subbing out their core players and unleashing their bench.
Long Island returns to Nassau Coliseum Monday to begin a three-game home stretch when they face the Greensboro Swarm, the Hornet G League affiliate.