Terry Taylor had 35 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Mad Ants to a 125-115 victory over the Long Island Nets at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York, on Wednesday night.
Taylor made 14 of 23 shots for the Mad Ants (2-2), who got 23 points from Gabe York. Nate Hinton had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Walt Lemon Jr. added 13 points, six rebounds, five steals and four assists for Fort Wayne.
Long Island (3-5) was paced by Craig Randall II's 35 points and seven rebounds.
The teams meet again today at 7 p.m. in New York.
Bulls down Cavs
In Chicago, DeMar DeRozan scored 30, Nikola Vucevic added 24 points and 12 rebounds, and the struggling Chicago Bulls ended the game on a 14-2 run to hold off the Cleveland Cavaliers 117-104.
Forbes completes 3-team trade
The Denver Nuggets acquired veteran Bryn Forbes from San Antonio as part of a three-team deal. The Nuggets sent injured players Bol Bol and P.J. Dozier to Boston, and the Celtics dealt Juancho Hernangomez to San Antonio. The Spurs also receive a future second-round draft pick from the Nuggets.
Indiana hires D-line coach
Indiana hired Texas Tech defensive line coach Paul Randolph for the same position, the Hoosiers announced. Randolph, 55, has been a defensive line coach for two decades, with stops at Valdosta State, Illinois State, Toledo, West Virginia, Tulsa, Pittsburgh, Arizona State and Memphis also. He was defensive coordinator with Rice in 2006.
Head slap costly for Bucs' coach
Tampa Bay coach Bruce Arians says he'll appeal a $50,000 fine imposed by the NFL for slapping the helmet of one of his players during Sunday's NFC wild-card win over the Eagles. Arians said he was trying to prevent safety Andrew Adams from drawing a penalty for pulling players out of a pile when he stepped a short distance off the sideline and struck the player's helmet with his hand before trying to push Adams away from Eagles players.
Mayfield on mend after surgery
Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield had successful surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder, an injury that affected his play. Mayfield will need months of rehab but is expected to be recovered by the time the Browns hold offseason workouts.
No NBC crews going to Beijing
NBC will not be sending its announcers and most hosts to the Beijing Olympics due to continued concerns about rising COVID cases and China's strict policy about those who test positive. NBC Olympics president Gary Zenkel is one of 250 people – mostly technical staff – the network already has in Beijing.