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Long Island Nets lose to Delaware Blue Coats as David Duke gets measure of revenge, 119-104

David Duke, part of the Nets the last two seasons, scored 23 points Wednesday night in Wilmington as his Blue Coats defeated the Nets, 119-104.

Long Island Nets v Delaware Blue Coats Photo by Mary Kate Ridgway/NBAE via Getty Images

The Long Island Nets kept up the Delaware Blue Coats for three quarters Tuesday but the Blue Coats, led in part by former Net David Duke Jr., broke away in the fourth and wound up winning the contest, 119-104 in Wilmington. Long Island is now 4-3.

Kennedy Chandler, the 6’0” point guard who played for the Grizzlies last season and for the Nets in Summer League, led the Nets with 21 points, barely topping Nets two-way Jalen Wilson who finished with 19. Wilson also finished with eight rebounds, a block and two assists.

Also scoring in double figures for Long Island Nets were the Nets two other two-ways Keon Johnson (17) and Armoni Brooks (13,) Patrick Gardner, filling in for an injured Noah Clowney, scored 12. Dariq Whitehead had six points on 2-of-7 shooting as he continues his post-operative recovery.

Johnson, a 6’4” combo guard who has yet to be active for the Brooklyn Nets, shot 8-of-18, to go along with six assists and eight rebounds.

Five Blue Coats scored in double figures, led by Ricky Council IV with 32. Javonte Smart and Duke Jr. chipped in 23 points each, while Terquavion Smith and Melvin Frazier Jr. followed up with 16 and 17 points, respectively. Duke who was part of the Nets for the past two seasons, shot 8-of-18 overall and 3-of-7 from deep. He started at the point for the Blue Coats.

The Nets demise was in large part due to its poor 3-point shooting. Long Island finished 10-of-43 from deep or 23%. Kaiser Gates, a 6’7” G League veteran and a usually reliable 3-point shooter, finished 0-of-7 from deep.