Long Island Drops Matinee to Fort Wayne in Brooklyn
LONG ISLAND - The Long Island Nets (21-11), the NBA G League affiliate of the Brooklyn Nets, fell to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (17-15) 140-119 in front of a franchise-record crowd of 5,264 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Brooklyn guard/forward Dzanan Musa registered a game-high 26 points along with six rebounds, six assists and two steals in 29 minutes while on assignment with Long Island. Brooklyn forward Mitch Creek, who signed a second 10-day contract with Brooklyn this morning, logged 15 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals in 30 minutes while also on assignment with Long Island. Long Island forward Drew Gordon registered a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds along with two assists in 21 minutes off the bench.
Despite the early morning start, the scoring came early and often. Fort Wayne came out shooting right from the jump, scoring 40 points in the opening period with the Nets right behind them with 30 points themselves. Mad Ants forward Stephan Hicks led all scorers in the opening period, putting up double digits in the quarter alone with 11 points.
Fort Wayne continued to hit from the field and put up 34 points in the second quarter, taking a 16-point lead heading into halftime by a score of 74-58.
The Mad Ants added to their lead in the third quarter, taking a 110-83 27-point lead into the fourth. The Nets began to chip away in the fourth, but the lead proved too great and Long Island fell to Fort Wayne by a score of 140-119.
Indiana forward Alize Johnson put up a double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds to go with five assists and two steals in 35 minutes while on assignment with Fort Wayne. Mad Ants guard Rob Gray led the team with 25 points off the bench and added two rebounds, five assists, a steal and a block to his ledger in 27 minutes of action.
Long Island will head to Delaware to take on the Blue Coats on Thursday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. ET, while the Mad Ants will return home to take on the Capital City Go-Go on Thursday, Feb. 7, at 11 a.m. ET.
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