The Brooklyn Nets’ affiliate in the G League improved to 4-0 Sunday. The Long Island Nets shook off an early hole to beat the Delaware Blue Coasts 128-115.
Dzanan Musa scored eight of his team-high 22 points in a big second-quarter surge that brought the Long Island Nets back from a 15-point deficit in a 128-115 NBA G League victory Sunday afternoon over the Delaware Blue Coats as Nassau Coliseum, improving the Brooklyn Nets’ affiliate to 4-0 on the young season.
Norvel Pelle converted an and-one play for the Blue Coats (0-4) with 3:41 left in the first quarter that put Delaware up 31-16 before Long Island responded with a 7-1 run to close the period, cutting the gap to 32-23.
In the second quarter, the Nets tied the game with a 9-0 run and the teams played ping pong with the lead until Mitch Creek gave Long Island the lead for good with a 3-pointer with 3:54 left in the half.
Delaware did battle back to tie the game at 73-73 midway through the third quarter before the Nets ran off a 14-3 run to push the lead into double digits.
Musa, on assignment from the Brooklyn Nets, played 33 minutes and was 8-for-18 from the floor and 2-for-5 from deep.
Alan Williams started for Long Island after sitting out Friday’s win at Raptors 905 with a sore right knee. Limited to 20 minutes, Williams finished with 18 points on 8-of-15 shooting.
Theo Pinson, who along with Williams are playing for Long Island on two-way contracts with the Brooklyn Nets, scored 12 points to go with eight rebounds and six assists.
Jordan McLaughlin came off the bench for 15 points, seven assists and four steals for the Nets. Creek finished with 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting in just 24 minutes.
Jared Brownridge paced Delaware with 31 points, while Haywood Highsmith finished with 16 points anf 10 rebounds. Matt Farrell had eight assists and three steals, but was just 4-for-21 from the floor and 1-for-10 from 3-point range and finished with nine points.
Pelle had 12 points and four blocks. Delaware played without two-way contract players Demetrius Jackson and Shake Milton, both with the Philadelphia 76ers, who are short-handed after agreeing to trade three players to the Minnesota Timberwolves to get All-Star Jimmy Butler.
Long Island is now idle until Friday night, when they visit the Canton Charge (2-1) — the affiliate of the Cleveland Cavaliers — at Canton Memorial Civic Center in Canton, Ohio.