Justin Anderson missed a long 3-point attempt at the buzzer and the Mad Ants lost 113-112 to the Long Island Nets on Thursday night at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.
A night after the Mad Ants won 125-115 at the same venue, scoring the final 12 points, Fort Wayne almost took advantage of another poor finish by the Nets.
Long Island was up 110-103 with 3:02 left Thursday but missed four of its last five shots and had three turnovers. Meanwhile, Fort Wayne got a 2-point Walt Lemon Jr. free throw, an Anderson dunk, a Gabe York layup and an Anderson 3-pointer.
Anderson had 24 points on 9 of 23 shooting and Nate Hinton added 18 points and nine rebounds for the Mad Ants (2-3).
Brandon Rachal had 24 points and 8 rebounds to pace the Nets (4-5). Craig Randall II and Bryce Brown had 22 points each, in front of an announced crowd of 843.
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Bulls guard Ball out 6-8 weeks
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US Olympians all vaccinated
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