LONG ISLAND — The Long Island Nets (16-13), the NBA G League affiliate of the Brooklyn Nets, topped the Lakeland Magic (14-13) 103-102 on Saturday night at NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Long Island never trailed in the contest.
Guard Milton Doyle led the way for the Nets with 23 points, five rebounds and five assists is 36 minutes. Doyle notched 12 points (4-of-5 FG, 3-of-4 3FG, 1-of-1 FT) in the first quarter alone to help the Nets take an early 33-24 lead. Brooklyn Nets guard Isaiah Whitehead, who is on assignment with Long Island, contributed 14 points, five rebounds and six assists in 24 minutes off the bench.
Long Island took a 15-point lead to halftime, but Lakeland looked to close the gap in the third. Forward James Webb III registered a 10-point third quarter for Long Island to keep the home team’s lead. Webb ended the night with 20 points, 10 rebounds and three steals in 30 minutes off the bench. It was his third double-double of the season and his first as a member of the Nets.
The Nets led 82-77 after three periods and allowed the Magic to tie the game twice in the fourth quarter. Missed opportunities by both teams in the final seconds of the game allowed Long Island to come away with the one-point victory.
Lakeland forward Xavier Gibson tallied a game-high 28 points and 13 rebounds for a double-double in 31 minutes off the bench. His 10-point fourth quarter contributed greatly to the Magic’s attempted comeback. Guard Troy Caupain also had a double-double for the visitors with 13 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in 40 minutes.
The Nets play their next game at home against the Maine Red Claws on Tuesday, January 23, at 7 p.m. ET, while the Magic will host the Greensboro Swarm in their next contest, also on Tuesday, January 23, at 7 p.m. ET.