Just like a family vacation, everything that happened early was great for the Grand Rapids Drive, but it was the second half of the trip that caused the commotion and headache for your Beer City Hoops squad.
Trailing by nine points at halftime, the Long Island Nets (5-12) scored 39 points in the third quarter and defeated the Drive (8-8) on Thursday afternoon at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY by a score of 110-103.
It was quite the afternoon for coach Rex Walters’ team as seven players scored in double-digits but they lost to a team that had only seven players score. Jordan Crawford, coming off a 40-point performance in Toronto, once again paced the Drive with 19 points and Ray McCallum, the D-League’s #4 NBA prospect, added 17 points, four rebounds, seven assists and five steals.
JJ Moore led the Nets with a new season-high of 29 points, former Indiana standout Yogi Ferrell scored 24, Chris McCullough added 20 on his assignment to Long Island from the parent club in Brooklyn and Trashon Burrell had 16 points and 13 rebounds.
Grand Rapids shot 48% from the field for the game but collected only four offensive rebounds, committed 20 turnovers and scored only 14 points in the final quarter. The loss ends a four-game winning streak for the Drive.
If you’ve got an ugly Christmas sweater (no, OSU and Michigan State sweaters don’t count), you can purchase discounted Drive tickets for the remainder of the season during Friday’s game against the Maine Red Claws at the DeltaPlex Arena.