Long Island Nets swat Swarm


he Long Island Nets (1-0), the NBA G League affiliate of the Brooklyn Nets, defeated the Greensboro Swarm (0-1) 113-108 during the team’s first regular-season game on Dec. 27 at Nassau Coliseum.

Long Island forward Donovan Williams recorded a team-high 23 points to go along with five rebounds and one assist in 33 minutes. Brooklyn two-way guard David Duke Jr. tallied 19 points, nine rebounds and six assists in 28 minutes. Brooklyn assignee Day’Ron Sharpe posted his sixth double-double of the NBA G League season with 10 points and 13 rebounds in 23 minutes. Additionally, Brooklyn forward Kessler Edwards scored 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds in 32 minutes.

Greensboro jumped to a quick 6-0 lead while Long Island attempted to close the gap with two shots from deep by forward Donovan Williams during the opening two minutes. The Nets failed to take the lead overall and went into the second quarter down by five, 32-27. Long Island got off to a hot start in the second quarter and went on its own 6-0 run, closing the five-point gap. The Nets continued their streak, shooting 16-of-26 from the field and outscoring the Swarm 39-22 in the quarter to lead by 12 at the halftime, 66-54.

The Swarm looked to battle back in the third quarter and were able to cut the lead to three. Long Island refused to let up and expanded its lead to eight to close the third period up 91-83.  The Nets outrebounded the Swarm 11-7 in the final period and defeated Greensboro by five, 113-108.

Greensboro forward Jalen Crutcher tallied 28 points, one rebound and six assists in 41 minutes. Forward Xavier Sneed posted 24 points, seven rebounds and one assist in 36 minutes.

Long Island will face Greensboro again at home on Thursday, Dec. 29, at 7 p.m. ET.