L.I. Nets cruise past Mexico City


The Long Island Nets (10-10), the NBA G League affiliate of the Brooklyn Nets, defeated the Mexico City Capitanes (10-7), 122-115, on Thursday evening at Nassau Coliseum. 

Six Nets scored in double figures in the win, including Brooklyn two-way guard Keon Johnson, who posted 26 points, one rebound, four assists and one steal in 32 minutes. Long Island guard Kennedy Chandler notched 22 points, three rebounds, seven assists and three steals in 30 minutes. LI Nets forward Kaiser Gates recorded a regular-season high 19 points in addition to five rebounds, two assists and one steal in 29 minutes. Nets guard Kyler Edwards added 18 points, seven rebounds, three assists and one steal in 37 minutes. Long Island forward Davion Warren tallied 12 points, three rebounds and one assist in 23 minutes. Nets forward Jordan Hall posted 10 points, six rebounds, three assists and one block in 27 minutes.

Long Island’s offense found its groove early in the first quarter, shooting 52.2 percent from the field and 61.5 percent from distance. The Nets closed the period ahead by seven, 37-30. The Nets continued to move with pace in the second quarter, outscoring the Capitanes 31-28 in the period. Long Island held its lead and closed the first half ahead by 10, 68-58.

Mexico City tried to shrink the gap in the third quarter, going on a 9-0 run in the first two minutes. Despite outscoring Long Island 27-25 in the period, the Capitanes could not take the lead overall. The Nets went into the final quarter ahead by eight, 93-85. Long Island maintained its lead in the fourth quarter behind Brooklyn two-way guard Keon Johnson’s 10 points. The Nets went on to defeat the Capitanes by seven, 122-115.

Capitanes guard Ethan Thompson posted a game-high 29 points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals in 37 minutes. Mexico City center Kenneth Faried notched a double-double with 19 points and 20 rebounds in addition to one steal and one block in 32 minutes.