BROOKLYN, New York — The Northern Arizona Suns scored a season-high 78 points in the first half and led for most of the game in their 119-108 win over the Long Island Nets at the Barclays Center on Monday.
The Suns (15-17) started out hot, scoring a new first quarter season-high 38 points on 16-of-29 (.552) shooting, and led 11 after the first frame. Long Island would never get closer than within eight points, thanks to Northern Arizona’s big second quarter. The Suns shot a scorching hot 15-for-20 (.750) in the second frame, plus a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line, to win the quarter 40-28 and lead 78-55 at halftime.
The Nets (13-23) cranked up the defense and made a run in the third quarter, forcing six turnovers and only allowing 19 points. Ultimately, the Suns were just too far ahead for the Nets to catch up, ending NAZ’s two-game skid.
Xavier Silas led the Suns with 25 points on 8-of-14 shooting, including 5-of-8 from the three-point line. He also added two steals.
Shaquille Harrison earned his second double-double on the season with 20 points and a new career-high 13 rebounds. He led the Suns with four of the team’s 17 steals.
NAZ forced 27 turnovers that led to 38 points.
The Suns finished the game shooting 46-of-89 (.517) from the field, compared to the Nets’ 39-of-97 (.402) clip. NAZ is now 7-0 on the season when shooting 50 percent or better.
Every Suns player on their roster scored Monday, with the bench producing 59 points. Besides Harrison, Josh Gray (17 points, five assists) and Derek Cooke Jr. (15 points, seven rebounds) scored in double figures as reserves.
Elijah Millsap rounded out the Suns’ double-digit scoring with 14 points, seven rebounds and three steals, while Askia Booker tallied nine points and six assists.
Long Island’s RJ Hunter led all scorers with 25 points, four rebounds and five assists. Chris McCullough (18 points, 10 rebounds) and Trahson Burrell (14 points, 12 rebounds, four steals) achieved double-doubles, with JJ Moore adding 20 points and 10 rebounds off the bench for his own double-double.
The Suns are now 2-2 on their season-long road trip, which wraps up Tuesday in Greensboro at 5 p.m. MT. The Nets enter the All-Star break after the loss, and won’t play at home again until March 14. They next play at Grand Rapids on Feb. 22 at 5 p.m. MT.