BROOKLYN – The Long Island Nets (4-12) fell 114-106 to the Los Angeles D-Fenders (11-4) this afternoon at Barclays Center. Today’s game marked the lone contest between Long Island and Los Angeles this season.
In his 13th game on assignment with Long Island, Brooklyn Nets forward Chris McCullough totaled 20 points and nine rebounds with one block and one steal in 34 minutes.
Guard Yogi Ferrell led Long Island with 22 points, while guard Donnie McGrath (10 points and a game-high 10 assists) and forward Trahson Burrell (14 points and a game-high 15 rebounds) both added double-doubles for the LI Nets in the loss.
Long Island jumped out to an 11-5 lead early in the first and finished the quarter up 29-26, led by seven points off the bench from guard Boris Dallo.
Los Angeles then outscored the Nets 33-24 in the second quarter to take a six-point lead at halftime, 59-53, despite seven lead changes in the back-and-forth first half. D-Fenders guard Vander Blue led all scorers with 15 points, while Ferrell and Burrell added 11 and 10 points for Long Island, respectively.
The Nets continued to keep the game close early in the third and even took a 70-69 lead with 6:36 remaining in the quarter on a J.J. Moore reverse layup before the D-Fenders closed the quarter on a 23-9 extended run.
Long Island then went on a run of its own to start the fourth quarter, outscoring the D-Fenders 17-4 to force a tie game at 96-96 with 6:05 remaining in the game on a McCullough jumper.
The Nets and D-Fenders continued to trade baskets for the remainder of regulation, with Long Island trailing by just one multiple times within the last five minutes of the game, but the Nets were unable to take a lead. Los Angeles held on for the win, shooting 43.9 percent from the field and 90.7 percent from the free-throw line (39-of-43 FT) in the victory.
Blue starred for the D-Fenders, recording a game-high 32 points on 7-of-14 shooting from the field and 17-of-18 shooting from the free-throw line with seven rebounds in 36 minutes, while Jeff Ayres added 21 points and six rebounds in 22 minutes off the bench for Los Angeles.