Raptors 905 113, Long Island Nets 87 | Box Score
Assignees: Malachi Richardson (905)
Two-ways: Chris Boucher, Jordan Loyd (905), Theo Pinson, Alan Williams (Nets)
The 905 came out strong today on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, going a perfect 6 of 6 from the field to open up the game on a 16-2 run – an early upper hand that would carry on as they notched their third straight win.
Jordan Loyd led all scorers with 24 points, along with 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Chris Boucher and Malachi Richardson were also back with the 905 and recorded 22 and 17 points, respectively.
Two-way player Alan Williams led the Nets with 20 points and 7 rebounds, and Okaro White earned his 5th double-double of the season with 17 points and 12 rebounds.
The 905 headed into halftime with a 60-42 lead as they out-shot the Nets from long-range, going 11 for 26, compared to Long Island’s 2 for 13 3-point woes. The 905’s big three (Loyd, Boucher, and Richardson) already had 38 of the team’s first half points combining for 15 of 26 from the field.
The Nets took advantage of the 905’s sloppy play to start the third quarter, and a Mitchell Creek layup cut the lead to 10 points with 5:20 left in the period, the closest they would get on the afternoon.
Newly acquired guard Josh Adams made his G League debut for the 905 today an exciting one, scoring 14 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter including a fast break dunk that is sure to make its way across G League highlights tonight.
The 905 now improve to 17-11 while the Nets fall to 18-9. This marked only the third time this season that the Nets were held under 100 points by an opponent – the other two games came against Westchester Knicks on November 20th and the 905 on November 9th.
- Two-Way 905 Player Notes
- Jordan Loyd scored 24 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists this afternoon. Loyd scored 10 of 15 from the field along with 3 of 5 shooting from downtown. Something that I liked seeing was an increased in comfort in play between himself and Richardson, two scoring guards who have been spending more time with each other on the court starting late December, with play in between the 905 and the NBA Raptors.
- Chris Boucher scored 22 points on 50% shooting, and also had 9 rebounds and 3 blocks. Boucher looked great defending the paint today, in particular against a bigger body in Alan Williams – a difference of about 60 lbs. Williams was limited to 9 of 24 shooting.
- Assignment 905 Player Notes
- Malachi Richardson‘s 17 points today came from 7 of 15 shooting, while making 3 of 6 from long-range. He also added 5 assists in 29 minutes of action.
- Other 905 Player Notes
- Jordan Horward was inactive (groin) today per @Raptors905MR.
- Josh Adams had himself quite the G League debut this afternoon, scoring 17 points, 4 assists and 2 rebounds. Adams was acquired by the 905 from the waiver wire, the team announced yesterday morning. Adams strengthens the 905’s guard position and showed that he can effectively distribute as well as create his own shot. Adams had a nice chase down block and a step back three to end the first quarter, and officially introduced himself to 905 fans with a monster fast break dunk late in the fourth quarter.
- The 25 year-old Phoenix-native spent four seasons at Wyoming before going undrafted in 2016. He has played overseas in the past couple of seasons, most recently with Shanxi Brave Dragons where he averaged 26.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.8 assists.
- Deng Adel! Former 905 forward Deng Adel scored his first NBA points with Cleveland Cavaliers on January 19th. In five minutes of action, Adel scored one 3-pointer and grabbed two rebounds. Catch the clip of it here.
- Two-Way Swarm Player Notes
- Alan Williams struggled against Boucher’s defence today and showed frustration at times, in one instance leading to a technical foul with 11.3 seconds left in the first half. Despite finishing the game with 20 points, Williams was held to 9 of 24 shooting. He has been averaging 20.7 points, 14.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game this season for the Nets.
- Theo Pinson scored 13 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Pinson also struggled from the field this afternoon, converting on only 5 of 17 attempts. The rookie out of North Carolina has been averaging 20.5 points, 6.7 assists and 5.6 rebounds per game with the Nets this season.
- Admin Note
- For future home games, you can use the code REPUBLIC905 to get a discount on tickets.