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Theo Pinson scores 30 but Long Island Nets lose to Canton Charge at buzzer

Theo Pinson’s transition from college facilitator to G League go-to guy continued Friday night but the Canton Charge, the Cavs affiliate, beat the Long Island Nets, 118-117. Pinson, the 6’7” swingman, finished with 30 points, seven assists and four rebounds. He’s now averaging 20 points a game in the G League, twice what he averaged at North Carolina last season.

Pinson finished 8-of-23 overall, 3-of-11 from three and 11-of-11 from the foul line. It was his second 30+ game in a little more than a week. He scored 43 against Maine on January 10. In addition to Pinson’s big effort, Long Island’s two bigs both had double-doubles. Newly re-signed Alan Williams, the Nets other two-way, had 18 points and 18 rebounds while Okaro White, the former Wizard, had 15 and 16, Both were 0-of-1 from three. Mitch Creek scored 15.

With Kenneth Faried’s imminent departure, Brooklyn could use the open roster spot to convert Pinson or Williams’ two-way deal to a conventional vets minimum deal or theoretically sign a player off the Long Island roster to a 10-day.

Trailing 114-111 and 1:19 left in the game, Canton’s Kobi Simmons hit a long jumper to cut the deficit to one. The Charge defense stopped Long Island three separate times on the next possession resulting in a shot clock violation and the ball.

Simmons’ aim was true again on the next possession as he pulled up from 26 feet to put the visitors ahead, 116-114. Pinson returned the favor with 5.7 seconds left and buried a triple to put the hosts back out in front. Levi Randolph of Canton found space in the paint with 1.5 seconds left as he floated in what would be the game-winning shot.

Randolph ended the night with a season-high 28 points on 10-of-15 shooting in 39 minutes. JaCorey Williams scored 28 points on an efficient 13-of-14 shooting and eight rebounds in 34 minutes. Phil Carr made his Charge debut and scored 12 points and grabbed five rebounds in 18 minutes. Scoochie Smith added 11 points, seven boards and eight assists with two steals in 34 minutes.

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