Long Island Gets Back to Winning Ways with Third Straight Home Victory
LONG ISLAND - The Long Island Nets (18-7), the NBA G League affiliate of the Brooklyn Nets, won their third consecutive home game and sixth in their past seven games, as they defeated the Grand Rapids Drive (11-14) 116-88 at NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The 28-point victory is the largest for Long Island this season.
Brooklyn two-way forward/center Alan Williams logged yet another double-double, his 15th in 18 games played and his eighth consecutive, with 19 points and 10 rebounds along with two assists, two steals and two blocks. Williams attempted a career-high seven 3-pointers and converted a career-high three of them. Long Island forward Thomas Wimbush came off the bench to lead the team with 21 points along with six rebounds and a steal, while Long Island guard Shannon Scott scored 17 points and had five rebounds, eight assists and a steal in the victory.
Grand Rapids scored first on a Johnny Hamilton layup, but Long Island would soon after tie it, take the lead and never look back, leading this one with 9:56 remaining in the first quarter until the final buzzer. Alan Williams came out the gate strong with nine points, three rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block in the first quarter alone. After one, the Nets led 28-15.
The Nets added to their lead in the second quarter, scoring a game-high 34 points in the period alone and taking an 18-point lead at halftime by a score of 62-44.
Long Island pulled away in the second half, outscoring the Drive 32-20 in the third period and taking a 30-point lead heading into the final quarter by a score of 94-64. Grand Rapids won the fourth quarter, outscoring the Nets 24-22, but Long Island held on for the 116-88 win.
Grand Rapids center Johnny Hamilton registered a double-double, leading the team in points and rebounds with 21 and 12, respectively, to go along with two assists, a steal and a block. Drive guard Kenneth 'Speedy' Smith came up just shy of a double-double with 10 points, nine assists, a rebound and four steals.
Long Island will take on the Canton Charge at home on Friday, January 18, at 7 p.m. ET, while Grand Rapids will return home to take on the Fort Wayne Mad Ants on Friday, January 18, at 7 p.m. ET.
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