Wisconsin Drops Third Straight Game with a 117-110 Loss to Long Island
OSHKOSH, Wis - The Wisconsin Herd (23-8), the NBA G League affiliate of the Milwaukee Bucks, dropped its third consecutive game with a 117-110 loss to the Long Island Nets (13-18) on Tuesday night inside Menominee Nation Arena.
Six Herd players scored in double figures and three players tallied double-doubles. For the third straight game, Jemerrio Jones recorded a double-double and posted his third career 20-point game. He also added 10 rebounds, three assists and a career-high five steals. Thanasis Antetokounmpo, who was assigned to the Herd by the Milwaukee Bucks, totaled 20 points,10 rebounds and three assists of his own, while Jaylen Adams had 17 points, five rebounds, five assists and career-high five steals. Shannon Bogues recorded 14 points, four rebounds and three assists, and Dragan Bender and Cameron Reynolds each had 13 points.
Theo Pinson, who was assigned to Long Island from the Brooklyn Nets, led all players and poured in a game-high 32 points to go with nine rebounds, three assists and two steals. Justin Anderson registered 27 points and 10 rebounds, while Devin Cannady notched 18 points on five made threes. Jeremiah Martin, one of the Nets Two-Way players, added 13 points, six rebounds, five assists and four steals off the bench, and Deng Adel pitched in with 11 points, five rebounds and two steals.
Within the first 10 seconds of the game, the Herd tallied its first points on a tip layup by Antetokounmpo. Wisconsin managed to score eight of the game's first 11 points, while the Nets made just one field goal upon reaching the first media timeout. Following the stoppage in play, Long Island made six of its next seven shots and scored 14 straight points. The run of success erased the Herd's eight-point lead and put the Nets ahead nine, 17-8. With just under three and a half minutes to play in the period, Long Island extended its lead to double figures on a three-pointer by Cannady. Despite trailing by as many as 10 points in the frame, Wisconsin managed to pull within two with just over 30 seconds remaining. The Nets capped the quarter by draining its fifth long ball, and as a result, Long Island led 29-24 at the end of the opening 12 minutes.
The Nets collected the first points of the second quarter, but the Herd made it a one possession game on the heels of a mini 5-0 spurt. Wisconsin made it a one-point game on three occasions but was unable to even the score. Bogues served as the bright spot in the quarter as he made four field goals and led all Herd players with eight points. To beat the halftime buzzer, Maye scored on a lay in, but upon official review, the basket was ruled no good as time had expired. For the quarter, Wisconsin made four more shots and outscored Long Island by two, but the Nets maintained a 59-56 lead at the intermission.
To start the second half, the Nets scored five points in the opening minute and upped its lead to eight. In total, Long Island scored the first 13 points of the quarter and led 72-56 within the first three minutes of the period. Facing a 16-point deficit, the Herd poured in seven straight points and sliced the Nets lead to single digits. Wisconsin's success was met with an 11-2 Long Island run and the Nets collected its largest lead of the night at 18. In the third quarter, the Herd totaled just 16 points which tied a season-low for points scored in a quarter this season. Long Island won the quarter by 12 and led 87-72 heading into the final 12 minutes.
The first eight minutes of the fourth quarter was status quo as the Nets maintained its double-digit advantage. However, with just under four minutes remaining in the game, the Herd trimmed nine points off its deficit and made it a 105-96 game with 3:54 left to play. Wisconsin made it a seven-point game in the final 16 seconds, but that is as close as the Herd would get. In the end, Long Island led for the final 43 minutes of the contest, which resulted in the Nets collecting its third straight victory.
The loss drops Wisconsin to 9-6 at home this season, but the Herd completed the season series by beating Long Island in two of the three contests. Wisconsin now holds a one game lead over the Maine Red Claws for the top spot in the Eastern Conference and a half game lead over the Memphis Hustle for the best record in the G League.
The Herd will remain home with back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday. Both contests will feature opponents with a .500 or better record beginning with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants on Feb. 7. Tip-off inside Menominee Nation Arena is set for 7PM CT and the game can be found on MYNEW32.
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