Long Island Nets win behind Alan Williams, Dzanan Musa, Mitch Creek

Brooklyn Nets Long Island Nets Alan Williams (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
Brooklyn Nets Long Island Nets Alan Williams (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images) /

Alan Williams scored 28 points with 19 rebounds and Dzanan Musa hit a huge 3 late to lift the Long island Nets to a 129-118 win over the Greensboro Swarm.

It was a big three — and a big 3 — that lifted the Long Island Nets past the visiting Greensboro Swarm Tuesday night at Nassau Coliseum.

Alan Williams, Dzanan Musa and Mitch Creek combined for 79 points and Musa knocked down a big 3-pointer with 2:28 remaining that sparked the Nets to a closing 9-0 run after Greensboro had cut an 11-point deficit to just two in Long island’s 129-118 NBA G League victory.

Musa, the first-round draft pick of the Brooklyn Nets who has been on assignment with Long Island, put the Nets ahead early in the fourth quarter when he finished a drive to the rim with a finger roll for a 101-100 lead.

The Long Island lead got to double figures when Williams canned a pair of free throws with 6:08 remaining and Creek pushed the edge to 11 when he split a pair of free throws with 5:41 left.

But when Williams picked up his sixth foul and left the game with 4:18 to go, Greensboro (4-5) made its run, cutting the deficit to 120-118 on J.P. Macura‘s putback with 2:48 on the clock.

Musa buried his only 3-pointer of the game on Long Island’s next possession and Creek pushed the lead back to seven after making a steal and working a 2-on-1 break with Jordan McLaughlin before knocking down a 12-foot floater.

Drew Gordon took a feed from Creek on a roll to the rim for a dagger dunk with 41.5 seconds left and Theo Pinson iced it with a pair of free throws.

Williams finished with 28 points and 19 rebounds, Musa scored 13 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter and Creek finished with 25 points. Musa added seven assists and three steals, while Creek also picked off three steals.

Gordon came off the bench for 11 rebounds, Pinson went for 19 points and eight assists and McLaughlin — making his first G League start in place of Shannon Scott, who was out with a sore right hamstring — chipped in 11 points and seven assists.

Williams and Pinson are with the Brooklyn G League affiliate on two-way contracts. Rodions Kurucs, a second-round pick also on assignment from the parent Nets, finished with three points in 18 minutes off the bench before fouling out.

Long Island shot 45.9 percent (45-for-98) and hit 9-of-28 (32.1 percent) from 3-point range. Their 14 turnovers led to 15 points for the Swarm and the Nets dominated the paint by a 72-52 margin.

Macura had a game-high 31 points for Greensboro, an affiliate of the Charlotte Hornets, and Jaylen Barford added 23 points.

Chinanu Onuaku chipped in 15 points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots, Roscoe Smith also had nine rebounds and Joe Chealey finished with 11 assists and four steals. Isaiah Wilkins had a pair of blocks.

Greensboro hit 46.6 percent (48-for-103) and was 13-for-32 (40.6 percent) from deep. Their 15 turnovers led to 23 Nets points.

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The Nets and Swarm will meet again Friday for a 7 p.m. tipoff from The Fieldhouse in Greensboro, N.C., in a game that can be seen on Facebook Live, before returning to Uniondale to host the Lakeland Magic on Sunday and the Wisconsin Herd on Dec. 4.