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Dariq Whitehead scores 15 points in 19 minutes but Long Island Nets lose

Dariq Whitehead had his second straight 15-point game Sunday afternoon in the Long Island Nets 117-110 loss to Westchester Knicks

Long Island Nets v Westchester Knicks Photo by David L. Nemec/NBAE via Getty Images

Dariq Whitehead, who on Friday told NetsDaily he’s close to 100%, had another solid game Sunday afternoon vs. the Westchester Knicks, scoring 15 points on 4-of-8 shooting, but his Long Island Nets were outscored 117-100.

Whitehead, who went 3-of-5 from deep, led five G League Nets in double-digit scoring at Westchester County Center in White Plains. He also recorded three rebounds. The Nets two other 2023 draft picks. Noah Clowney and Jalen Wilson, finished with 12 points each. Wilson also gathered eight rebounds and Clowney blocked three shots. Brooklyn’s other two-ways besides Wilson — Keon Johnson and Armoni Brooks — had 14 each. Immedidately after the Long Island game, Wilson and Brooks then flew commercial from Newark to Sacramento to join up with their Brooklyn teammates.

Here’s some highlights.

The Nets held their G League rivals to 28.6% from deep and 43.7% overall but couldn’t get their own offense in gear. They went up by four early in the first but by halftime, they were down 10, 64-54, then got blown out in the third, the Knicks lead ballooning to 28 at one point.

The big news however continues to be Whitehead’s steady rise. As Point Made Basketball, the analytics site tweeted, the improvement can be seen via eye test or data comparison...

In his interview with ND’s Jordan Greene Thursday, Whitehead said he’s recovering well from his June foot surgery but wouldn’t put a timeframe on being ready for NBA play. Nets brass had said after the Draft in June that they anticipated being conservative with the 6’7” wing’s recovery.

On Friday, Whitehead and other Long Island Nets players partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America on a shopping spree at a local Target store. Nine youngsters were each given a $300 gift card to spend how they chose on gifts from themselves or loved ones.

“Just to come out here to bless families with gifts for the holidays is something is special,” said Whitehead who along with other teammates helped the youngsters push their shopping carts around the store.

In addition to Whitehead, head coach, Mfon Udofia and Brooks, Clowney, Johnson, Wilson and Kaiser Gates spread holiday cheer.