BROOKLYN, N.Y. — The Long Island Nets (11-19) fell 118-108 to the Greensboro Swarm (10-20) Monday night at Barclays Center. The Nets are now 1-1 in their season series with the Swarm.
Nets forward Lazar Hayward recorded a season-high and game-high 27 points with 10 rebounds and four assists in 41 minutes tonight, while center Egidijus Mockevicius (16 points, 11 rebounds) and guard Carrick Felix (13 points, 10 rebounds) each added a double-double for Long Island in the effort. Guard Boris Dallo also scored a season-high 19 points with six rebounds and nine assists in 37 minutes in the Nets’ loss.
Hayward led Long Island with 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting in the first quarter, as Long Island shot 60.9 percent from the field to take a 35-27 lead.
The Nets held onto their lead in the second quarter and went into halftime up 64-59, led by 16 points from Hayward and 11 points from Felix. Perry Ellis paced the Swarm with 17 first-half points, while Archie Goodwin added 14 points (2-of-6 FG, 10-of-12 FT).
The Swarm attempted a comeback in the third quarter, going on an 8-4 run to start the second half and cut the Nets’ lead to just one, 68-67, with 6:42 remaining in the period, but Long Island held onto a four-point lead, 89-85, heading into the fourth.
Greensboro then took its first lead of the game, 94-93, on a dunk from Xavier Munford with 7:37 remaining in the game and went on to outscore the Nets 33-19 on 57.9 percent shooting in the final period to clinch a comeback victory.
Ellis led the Swarm with 23 points on 9-of-14 shooting with five rebounds in 33 minutes off the bench, while Goodwin added 22 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in 36 minutes. New Orleans Pelicans assignee Cheick Diallo (18 points, 12 rebounds) and Greensboro’s Mike Tobey (11 points, 12 rebounds) also added double-doubles for the Swarm in their victory.
Long Island will host Windy City on Wednesday, February 1, at 1:30 p.m. EST, while the Swarm’s next two games will come against Long Island at home, starting with a Friday, February 3, contest at 7 p.m. EST. The two teams will then play again on Saturday, February 4, at 7 p.m. EST in Greensboro in the second game of a back-to-back set.