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Despite another strong effort from two-way Keon Johnson, Long Island Nets lose, 110-106

With Jalen Wilson and Armoni Brooks on the road with Brooklyn, Keon Johnson once again stepped up but it wasn’t enough.

Capital City Go-Go v Long Island Nets Photo by Evan Yu/NBAE via Getty Images

Keon Johnson, the 21-year-old Nets two-way guard, continued his hot streak Wednesday night, scoring 19 in 31 minutes, but neither his efforts nor those of Kyler Edwards, his backcourt mate who had a season high 25 points, could prevent the long Island Nets from losing to the Capital City Go-Go, 110-106, in a back-to-back set at Nassau Coliseum.

Johnson, a 6’5” combo guard with 77 games of NBA experience, is averaging 20.0 ppg over the last five games, filling in for the team’s two other two-ways, Jalen Wilson and Armoni Brooks, who are with Brooklyn on their five-game West Coast trip.

On Wednesday, Johnson followed up on his 26-point game Tuesday, with 19 points. Over the last five, KJ is shooting 47.3% overall and 43.8% from three, an improvement over his NBA numbers...

Johnson also had six rebounds, three steals, one assist and a block in 31 minutes, shooting 8-of-15 overall and 3-of-5 from deep.

Edwards, 24, buttressed his 25 points with four rebounds, three assists and one steal in 37 minutes. While on assignment with Long Island, Noah Clowney added 10 points, five rebounds and two assists in 26 minutes. Additionally, Brooklyn assignee Dariq Whitehead notched nine points, two rebounds and one assist in 20 minutes, keeping to his 20-minute limit as he continues to rehab from off-season foot surgery. Whitehead did not play on Tuesday, the front end of Long Island’s back-to-back...

The two teams went back-and-forth in the first quarter, but despite Long Island shooting 42.7 percent from the field, it was not enough to come out ahead. Capital City closed the period ahead by one, 22-21. The Nets worked hard in the second quarter, outscoring the Go-Go 32-23 on 50.0% shooting from the field and 42.7% from distance to take the lead overall. Long Island went into halftime ahead by eight, 53-45.

Despite the Nets shooting a balanced 50.0% from the field and 55.6% from behind the arc — led by Long Island guard Kyler Edwards’ 12 points, the Go-Go outscored the Nets 38-30 in the third. The two teams closed the period tied, 83-83. But Capital City outscored Long Island 27-23 in the final quarter, and the Go-Go went on to defeat the Nets by four, 110-106.

Washington two-way forward Jules Bernard posted 23 points, four rebounds, six assists and one steal in 36 minutes. Go-Go guard Devon Dotson added 22 points, nine rebounds, two assists and one steal in 36 minutes. Capital City guard — and one-time Net draft pick — Hamidou Diallo recorded 21 points, five rebounds and one assist in 34 minutes.

Long Island, now 7-6, will travel to Wilmington, Del. on Saturday to face the Delaware Blue Coats, at 7:00 p.m. ET. The game can be seen on the G League website.