Long Island Nets Outlast Blue in Overtime
ORLANDO, Fla. - The Long Island Nets (5-7), the NBA G League affiliate of the Brooklyn Nets, defeated the Oklahoma City Blue (8-4) 121-115 in overtime today at AdventHealth Arena.
Nets two-way forward Reggie Perry recorded 19 points on 6-of-14 shooting from the field to go along with a season-high 15 rebounds, an assist and a block in 33 minutes of play in the victory. Perry recorded his fifth double-double of the season in the effort.
Nets guard CJ Massinburg led Long Island with a team-high 21 points on 6-of-14 shooting from the field, 4-of-6 shooting from 3-point range and 4-of-4 shooting from the free-throw line and added seven rebounds in 33 minutes of action, while Long Island forward BJ Johnson finished with 18 points, seven rebounds, three assists, three steals and a block in 36 minutes of play. Seven Nets scored in double figures in the win.
Oklahoma City center Omer Yurtseven finished with a game-high 34 points on 12-of-18 shooting from the field and 2-of-2 shooting from distance to go along with 13 rebounds, three assists and three blocks in 35 minutes of play. Blue guard Antonius Cleveland added 17 points, six rebounds, four assists and a block in 35 minutes of action.
Long Island opened the game on top, building a 10-4 lead after Perry made a putback layup at the 8:08 mark of the first quarter. Oklahoma City wasn't down long, however, and scored 14 unanswered points over a 3:26 span later in the period to take a 31-23 lead after one quarter of play.
Oklahoma City stayed ahead for most of the second, extending its advantage to 15 points, 53-38, with 4:20 left in the half. The Nets climbed back to within single digits soon after, though, and held the Blue scoreless over the final two minutes of the second while scoring seven unanswered points over that span. The burst cut Long Island's deficit to just two, 57-55, at halftime.
Back-and-forth play ensued to begin the second half, with Long Island forward Nate Sestina hitting a 3-pointer with 4:42 on the clock to give the Nets a 72-69 lead. Long Island didn't allow the Blue to retake the lead for the remainder of the quarter, but Cleveland hit a free throw with five seconds to go in the third to tie the score at 85-85 entering the final quarter of play.
The Nets opened the fourth on a 9-2 run, capped off by a fast break layup from guard Jeremiah Martin at the 9:58 mark for a 94-87 edge. Oklahoma City fought back, though, tying the score at 108-108 with 2:02 to play, and the teams stayed deadlocked, finishing regulation tied at 113-113 to force overtime.
Long Island's defense held Oklahoma City to just two points in overtime, as the Nets outscored the Blue 8-2 in the extra period to secure a 121-115 victory.
The Nets will play the Austin Spurs in their next game, the second in a back-to-back set, on Tuesday, March 2, at 3 p.m. ET at AdventHealth Arena, while the Blue will face the Raptors 905 next on Wednesday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m. ET.
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