In a nail-biting encounter at the Chase Center in Wilmington, the Long Island Nets, spearheaded by Kennedy Chandler, emerged victorious with a score of 125-117 against arch-rivals Delaware Blue Coats. This win adds another chapter to the intense rivalry between the two teams, further fueled by their history in the G League's Eastern Conference Championship last season.
Chandler, the former Memphis Grizzlies point guard, showcased his prowess with an impressive performance, contributing 25 points on 10-of-15 shooting and dishing out eight assists. Tennessee product Keon Johnson complemented Chandler's efforts with a stellar performance, finishing with 22 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists, highlighting his growing impact on the court.
Armoni Brooks, making a return to Long Island, played a pivotal role in the Nets' success, scoring 22 points, including a remarkable 17 points in a closely contested third quarter. Brooks displayed exceptional accuracy, going 5-of-5 from beyond the arc and maintaining a perfect 6-of-6 overall.
The Nets' Noah Clowney delivered a double-double performance, securing 15 points, 11 rebounds, and three blocks, showcasing his versatility on the court. Dariq Whitehead, another key player for the Nets, continued to impress within his minutes restriction, contributing 11 points, including three successful three-pointers.
Despite challenges, including a slow start and ongoing restrictions, Whitehead's progress is notable, with a recent streak of strong performances. Darius Bazley, previously signed and cut by the Brooklyn Nets, made a notable impact for the Blue Coats, contributing 19 points in his first game with the team.
The Long Island Nets now set their sights on the G League Showcase in Orlando, with a Wednesday matchup against the Austin Spurs at 6:00 p.m. ET, streamed on ESPN+. As the team navigates challenges and showcases emerging talents, the victory against the Blue Coats marks a significant triumph for the Nets.
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