Vipers Fall Short to Nets in Game 1 of NBA G League Finals | April 7
STONEY BROOK, New York - The Rio Grande Valley Vipers fall to Long Island Nets, 107-117, on Sunday night in Game 1 of the best-of-three series of the NBA G League Finals.
The first quarter was dominated by the Nets with a 18-37 lead as they shot 8-12 from the arc. The Vipers were unable to find their rhythm as they shot 23.3 percent from the field and 14.3 percent from the arc. Houston Rockets assignee, Isaiah Hartenstein led the Vipers with eight points and five rebounds. For the Nets, Jordan McLaughlin totaled 10 points adding two rebounds.
RGV turned things around in the second quarter as they outscored the Nets 31-22. Point guard Jordan Johnson contributed 10 points and adding three rebounds for the Vipers. On the defensive side, Brooklyn Nets two-way player Alan Williams led the game with six rebounds and two blocks.
The Nets headed into the break with a 10-point lead. At this point, Hartenstein totaled a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds.
In the third quarter, Johnson gained momentum as he totaled a career-high of 20 points with six rebounds. Both Hartenstein and Thomas Wimbush led the game with 21 points. Williams totaled a double-double with 10 points, 14 rebounds adding two steals and three blocks.
The fourth quarter belonged to the Vipers, 31-27, but wasn't enough to get the win in Long Island. Johnson led the Vipers with his career-high of 23 points, accumulating seven rebounds, two assists. Gary Payton II totaled 17 points, seven assists and two steals. Diamond Stone contributed 17 points off the bench, four rebounds, and a lone steal in 11 minutes of action.
For the Nets, Brooklyn Nets assignee Dzanan Musa and Thomas Wimbush led with 23 points each. Musa added three defensive rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block. Wimbush contributed six rebounds, two assists, and two blocks. Williams continued with his double-double totaling 19 points, 16 rebounds, two steals and three blocks.
The Vipers will return to Bert Ogden Arena on Tuesday, April 9 for Game 2 of the best-of-three series of the NBA G League Finals. Matchup will be at 7:00 p.m. CST and will be televised via ESPNU. For more information, contact the RGV Vipers at 956-56-ARENA or visit www.rgvipers.com.
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