L.I. Nets fall to Fort Wayne

Nets are 22-5 in second half


The Long Island Nets (22-5), the NBA G League affiliate of the Brooklyn Nets, were defeated by the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (14-14) 125-114 on March 14 during the team’s final regular-season home game at Nassau Coliseum.

Brooklyn two-way guard David Duke Jr. notched 29 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals in 33 minutes. Long Island guard Chris Chiozza tallied 19 points and 12 assists to go along with four rebounds and three steals in 39 minutes. Nets forward Jordan Bowden recorded 15 points and four assists in 34 minutes. Brooklyn two-way guard Dru Smith added 14 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals in 39 minutes.

Long Island tried to set the pace early, but Fort Wayne applied pressure in the first quarter. The Nets could not manage and went into the second quarter down by 11, 40-29. Although Long Island worked hard to close the gap in the second quarter, the Nets’ defense struggled. Fort Wayne closed the period ahead by 11, 71-60.

The Nets battled back in the third quarter, outscoring the Mad Ants 25-17, but it was not enough to take the lead overall. Fort Wayne kept its lead and closed the third quarter ahead by three, 88-85. The Mad Ants maintained their lead in the fourth quarter by outscoring the Nets 37-29. Fort Wayne went on to defeat Long Island by 11, 125-114.

Fort Wayne forward Justin Anderson tallied 24 points, six rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block in 29 minutes. Mad Ants guard Gabe York recorded 23 points, five rebounds, four assists and one steal in 35 minutes.