The Long Island Nets (20-10) erased Texas’ first half lead with a 51-point third quarter to hold off the Legends (12-22) 135-127.
Gary Trent Jr. got off to a hot start immediately, grabbing 12 of Texas’ first 15 points and outscoring the Nets’ 10 total. Texas held their lead through the first but the visitors stayed within six, making it a one-possession game at the break. Vander Blue took off in the second with nine early points as Texas stretched the gap to 13, but Dzanan Musa responded quickly setting off an 11-0 run by the Nets to pull within two. Long Island made it a one-point game with just under two minutes left in the half, but Blue rounded out his perfect quarter with a long ball and the Legends went 5-of-5 from the line to make it 58-49 at halftime.
The Nets took their first lead of the night in the early minutes of the third, setting off a chain of back-and-forth. After seven lead changes, the visitors took control and used a 15-point performance from Alan Williams to pump out 51 third quarter points and take a double-digit lead into the fourth. Facing a 12-point deficit, Texas turned to Trent Jr. who had 14 in the final four minutes, but a flawless performance by the Nets at the free throw line sealed the victory for the visitors.
Trent Jr. had another career-high night leading all scorers with 37 while adding 5 rebounds, 3 assists. Xavier Johnson tallied the team’s only double-double with 12 points, 12 rebounds, and a season-high 4 blocks. Xavier Rathan-Mayes finished with 22 points, 6 rebounds, and 8 assists, and Keith Hornsby and Vander Blue added 14 each and combined for 9 rebounds.
Williams led the Nets with 28 points, 12 rebounds while Drew Gordon came off the bench to add 23 points, 10 rebounds. Kamari Murphy grabbed a third double-double for the visitors with 12 points, 10 rebounds, and Dzanan Musa finished with 20 points, 8 assists.
Texas will host the Sioux Falls Skyforce (22-12) Friday at 7:30pm CT while Long Island will head to Austin to take on the Spurs (14-18) at the same time. For viewing information visit gleague.nba.com.