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Brooklyn Nets two-way Keon Johnson continues to play well in G League Showcase

The G League Winter Showcase is on in Orlando and Nets two-way Keon Johnson is continuing to play well.

2023 G League Winter Showcase - Austin Spurs V Long Island Nets Photo by Scott Audette/NBAE via Getty Images

Brooklyn Nets two-way guard Keon Johnson scored 25 points, grabbed four rebounds, handed out three assists and registered two steals in 33 minutes but the Long Island Nets lost its first game in the G League Winter Showcase Wednesday, 114-109, to the Austin Spurs.

Long Island played without two-way Jalen Wilson who’s currently with Brooklyn. They are now 8-7 in G League play.

Johnson, a 21-year-old 6’5” combo guard with 77 NBA games to his credit, finished with four rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots. He hit eight of 16 shots, including 2-of-7 from deep.

Meanwhile, Dariq Whitehead, the second youngest player on an NBA roster this season, recorded 13 points and five rebounds in 18 minutes for Long Island. Whitehead, the Nets 22nd pick in the 2023 Draft, is still on minutes restrictions as he recovers from two foot surgeries over the past 15 months.

Noah Clowney, the Nets 21st pick, had an uncharacteristically weak showing: four points, three rebounds and one block, in 20 minutes before fouling out. Armoni Brooks, the Nets other two-way, finished with nine points, hitting three of his six 3-point attempts.

Two former Nets two-ways, David Duke Jr. and RaiQan Gary, combined for 22 points in the Spurs win, with Duke scoring 12 points and Gray 10. Duke Jr. also had nine assists...

Elsewhere in the Showcase, Darius Bazley who the Nets signed in the off-season, then waived, had a monster game for the Delaware Blue Coats with 43 points on 15-of-24 with 18 rebounds, three steals, six blocks, and five three-pointers in a win over the Texas Legends at the Showcase.

Long Island got off to a slow start in the first quarter, while Austin shot 48.0% from the field. The Nets closed the period down by seven, 26-19. Long Island fought to shrink the gap in the second quarter, outscoring Austin 32-28. Despite shooting 50.0% from the field and 55.6% from behind the arc in the second quarter, the Nets trailed the Spurs by three to close the first half, 54-51.

Long Island continued to chip away at the deficit, while the Spurs kept their foot on the gas. Austin outscored Long Island 30-19 and maintained its lead in the third quarter. The Nets closed the quarter down by 14, 84-70. Austin carried its effort into the final quarter and went on to defeat Long Island by 14, 114-100.

San Antonio guard Blake Wesley led the way for Austin, with 28 points, three rebounds, two assists and one steal in 29 minutes. San Antonio two-way center Dominick Barlow recorded 19 points, nine rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 30 minutes.

Long Island will play its second Winter Showcase game against Iowa on Friday, Dec. 22, at 11 a.m. ET at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.