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Jalen Wilson’s 32 points, nine 3-pointers not enough as Long Island Nets lose, 115-112

The Nets’ 51st pick in last June’s Draft put on a show vs. the College Park Skyhawks, but a late comeback by the Hawks affiliate won the day.

Long Island Nets v College Park Skyhawks Photo by Adam Hagy/NBAE via Getty Images

A singular shooting performance by Jalen Wilson ended in defeat Monday night as the College Park SkyHawks, the Atlanta Hawks G League affiliate fashioned a late comeback in the Atlanta suburbs and won, 115-112.

The 6’7” Kansas wing finished with a season-high 32 points, shooting 11-of-20 overall and hitting 9-of-13 from deep in 36 minutes. Wilson also tallied five rebounds and two assists...

Wilson, who’s one of the Brooklyn Nets three two-way players, is now averaging 19.9 points for their G League affiliate on 49/49/88 shooting splits. Wilson, who played four years for Kansas JayHawks is also averaging 7.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists. He’s played seven minutes in two games for Brooklyn so far this season but has not scored.

Long Island is now 4-4 after starting the season 3-0. College Park is 7-3.

The game featured some wild swings. The Skyhawks started the game on an 11-3 run that extended to their biggest lead of the quarter at 28-12 with 5:48 left in the first, propelled by a barrage of 3-pointers from Seth Lundy (3-of-4), Miles Norris (2-of-5), and Tyson Etienne (3-of-4) in the opening period. The Skyhawks’ eight threes in the first quarter were their most since Nov. 4, 2022, also against Long Island, and the second-most in any quarter in team history (nine, done twice).

The Skyhawks’ accuracy from deep continued into the second quarter, led by Etienne, who poured in 18 points in the first half and tied his career-high for made threes in a single game by halftime. The Skyhawks finished with 13 three-pointers converted in the first half (13-of-22) – a team record for makes in any half.

At the break, the Skyhawks had a first half season-high 65 points and led the Nets, 65-56.

The Nets stormed back in the second half, led by Wilson to claim a 10-point lead at 104-94 with 5:39 left in the fourth quarter. Wilson poured in 23 points (8-of-14 overall and 6-of-9 from three) in the second half.

Jarkel Joiner entered the game in the fourth quarter and grabbed two steals to help the Skyhawks erase the deficit going on a 19-8 run that included the dagger by Etienne 21 seconds left. Wilson missed a buzzer beater that would have tied the game.

The 23-year-old Wilson has been consistent over the Nets first nine games, something the Nets front office had stressed to him following the Draft. The Nets other two-ways, Armoni Brooks and Keon Johnson, scored 21 and 13 respectively. Johnson, a 6’4” combo guard with a 48” max vertical had the block of the game.

Meanwhile, the Nets two first rounders, Noah Clowney and Dariq Whitehead, finished with seven and eight points. Whitehead, who’s still recovering from foot surgery in June, played only 12 minutes. Clowney had 11 rebounds.

G League veteran wing Kaiser Gates registered 12 points and point guard Kennedy Chandler, who played for the Grizzlies last season, had 10.

The Skyhawks and Nets will reconvene at Nassau Coliseum for a rematch on Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. ET. Wednesday’s contest can be viewed on ESPN+.