A day after losing by one point to the Cleveland Charge after being up by 23 early, the Long Island Nets made amends Saturday night by destroying the Cavaliers G League affiliate at the Wolstein Center in Cleveland, 147-105, led by a quartet of 20-point scorers and Jalen Wilson’s near triple-double.
Nets two-way Keon Johnson came off the bench to score 26 with six boards in only 21 minutes. Kennedy Chandler scored 23, while Kyler Edwards and Armoni Brooks each finished with 21. Wilson scored 18 points, grabbed 15 boards and added seven assists on a team-leading +36 effort in 36 minutes. Noah Clowney had 13 points and nine boards while Dariq Whitehead, still on a minutes restriction, had nine points, four rebounds and two steals in 20 minutes. Whitehead did show off his athleticism early...
Whitehead with the SLAM pic.twitter.com/XqaPuIBKLK— Long Island Nets (@LongIslandNets) December 31, 2023
For the Nets’ three two-way players, it’s been a productive week both with on Long Island and Brooklyn. Johnson, who scored 12 points in Brooklyn’s loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday, has now scored 25 or more points in three of Long Island’s last four games. Wilson, who had 21 and 10 vs. Milwaukee, is averaging 10 rebounds a game over his last five G League games. Brooks shot 7-of-13 from deep — the only shots he took — Saturday after scoring 14 vs. the Bucks. In Brooks’ last five G League contests, he’s shooting 21-of-39 or 53.8% beyond the arc.
Unlike Friday night, when they raced out to a 48-29 lead after the first quarter and 54-31 early in the second, Long Island started slowly and were even four points down at the end of the first. Then starting early in the second quarter, the Nets took off, pummeling the Charge, 74-37 in the middle quarters then finished them off in the fourth, 33-24. With 8:33 left in the game, the Nets had their biggest lead of the night, 48 points, following Brooks sixth 3-pointer. Long Island cleaned the glass for a 56-31 advantage on rebounds, including 16 offensive. Wilson (five) and Clowney (four) led the way on the offensive glass.
Neither Wilson nor Brooks appeared on the Brooklyn Nets injury report Saturday, suggesting they may join the Nets in OKC for the southwest tour. Both players are native Texans, Wilson grew up in Denton and Brooks in Austin. After OKC, the Nets play in New Orleans and Houston where Brooks played college ball.
The Long Island Nets return to action Wednesday at Nassau Coliseum vs. the Westchester Knicks. Game time is 7:00 p.m. ET