GREENSBORO, N.C. — Damien Wilkins had 17 points in the fourth quarter but was off target on a game-tying three-point attempt at the buzzer as the Greensboro Swarm (13-26) fell, 125-122, to the Long Island Nets (22-17) on Sunday at the Fieldhouse at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex. The Swarm fall to 1-5 games decided by one possession.
The high scoring affair was paced by Long Island’s Isaiah Whitehead and Greensboro’s Wilkins. Whitehead, who is on assignment from the Brooklyn Nets, exploded for 52 points on 19-of-29 shooting — the most points scored by an individual against the Swarm this season. He also had five rebounds, four steals and three assists.
Wilkins had a season-high 41 points for the Swarm on 14-for-23 shooting, to go with six rebounds and four assists. Wilkins is the first player in Greensboro history to have two games of at least 40 points. His first was in the season finale in 2016-17, scoring 40 points against the Maine Red Claws at the Fieldhouse.
Both teams shot the ball well, with the Swarm (53 percent) outshooting the Nets (47 percent). The difference came down to the long ball, with the Nets hitting 15-of-33 triples (43 percent) while the Swarm went 10-for-27 (37 percent).
Greensboro had strong efforts from its two-way players. Marcus Paige went for a double-double of 18 points and 10 assists. Mangok Mathiang’s double-double came on 15 points and 15 rebounds.
Long Island had Milton Doyle with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Jeremy Senglin led all reserves with 15 points off the bench.