Long Island Nets Take Down Knicks
ORLANDO, Fla. - The Long Island Nets (2-3), the NBA G League affiliate of the Brooklyn Nets, defeated the Westchester Knicks (2-3) 123-115 today at AdventHealth Arena.
Nets two-way forward Reggie Perry led the way for Long Island in the victory, finishing with a career-high 25 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the field and 6-of-8 shooting from the free-throw line to go along with a game-high 11 rebounds and five assists in 31 minutes. He recorded his third double-double of the season and his fifth-straight game of 15 or more points in the effort.
Long Island forward Kaiser Gates finished with a season-high 22 points on 7-of-11 shooting from long-range, 10 rebounds, an assist and a steal in 29 minutes off the bench, recording his first double-double of the season in the win. Nets forward BJ Johnson added 19 points, four rebounds, an assist and a steal in 31 minutes of play for his fifth-straight game of 15 or more points.
Six Nets scored in double figures in the victory, as Long Island shot 53.1 percent (43-of-81) from the field and 50.0 percent (15-of-30) from 3-point range.
New York Knicks forward Ignas Brazdeikis, currently on assignment with Westchester, scored a team-high 24 points on 10-of-20 shooting from the field to go with eight rebounds, three assists and two steals in 39 minutes of action. Westchester forward Louis King finished with 22 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals in 37 minutes of play.
The two teams went back-and-forth to open the contest, but Gates hit a 3-pointer at the midway point of the first for a 20-16 advantage for the Nets. The Knicks kept pace, though, as Westchester forward Andrew White III made a jumper at the buzzer to tie the score at 33-33 entering the second.
Long Island regained the lead just 11 seconds into the second and extended its advantage to 54-46 on Gates' fifth 3-pointer of the game with 5:04 remaining in the half. The Nets went on to outscore Westchester 33-26 in the second for a 66-59 lead at halftime.
The Nets extended their lead to 11 points after a long-range jumper from Long Island forward Nate Sestina at the 10:06 mark in the third. However, Westchester responded with a 19-2 run over the next 5:27 for an 83-77 advantage. The Knicks went on to lead the Nets 89-87 after three quarters of play.
Long Island opened the fourth with a 14-4 spurt, capped off by six-straight points from Johnson to put the Nets ahead 101-93 with 7:27 left in the game. The Knicks climbed back to within three points, 105-102, on a Brazdeikis layup with 4:28 on the clock, but Long Island quickly answered with six unanswered points. The Nets did not look back from there, defeating the Knicks 123-115 to snap a three-game losing streak.
The Nets will play the Delaware Blue Coats in their next game on Friday, Feb. 19, at 7:30 p.m. ET at HP Field House, while the Knicks will face the G League Ignite next on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. ET.
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