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Long Island Nets, led by Dzanan Musa and Theo Pinson, beat Lakeland Magic

The Long Island Nets built an early lead in Lakeland, Florida, Sunday evening and defeated the Magic’s G League affiliate, 125-111, giving them a 10-4 record for the season. They’re now third in the Eastern Conference.

The Nets were led by their Big Three: Brooklyn assignee Dzanan Musa and the team’s two two-way players: Theo Pinson and Alan Williams.

Musa finished with 27 points, six rebounds and six assists, shooting 6-of-9 from deep. It was his best game with the affiliate. Pinson, who had 20 points in the first half, finished with 22 points, three rebounds and four assists, shooting 5-of-9 from three.

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Williams, the G League double double leader, had another Sunday: 13 and 11. Kamari Murphy, the Nets’ only Brooklyn (Coney Island) native, also had a double-double. The 6’9” Miami product finished with 22 and 10. Jordan McLaughlin, who’s moved into the starting lineup at point guard, scored 18 points and had three steals.

Long Island jumped out to an early lead and led at the half by 28, 77-49, increasing the gap to 30 early in the fourth. Lakeland played better in the second half, but never caught the Nets.

The Nets shot 16-of-35 from deep or 46 percent. The Magic hit half that, 23 percent.

“That second-quarter push they made; we got a little out of sorts,” said Lakeland coach Stan Heath.

“We had some breakdowns on the defensive side, which gave them some easy baskets. We did not close out some of those possessions with rebounds and that hurt us as well. But we did show some resiliency in fighting back in the second half and that says something about our team.”

Lakeland (6-7) had six players in double figures.

John Petrucelli led with 18, Troy Caupain 17, BJ Johnson 16, Amile Jefferson and Antonio Campbell had 14 and Gabe York had 13.

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