Hustle edge Clippers to eliminate Ontario from playoff contention

Photo: Jacob Gilyard of the Memphis Hustle, shown in action earlier this season. (Michael Priest/

Credit: Ontario Clippers news release

The Ontario Clippers (16-15), the NBA G League affiliate of the LA Clippers, fell to the Memphis Hustle (23-7), 98-96, on Wednesday night, March 22, and are officially eliminated from playoff contention. 

Xavier Moon recorded a game-high 27 points (11-20 FG, 4-9 3PT), five rebounds, and six assists for the Clippers. Jason Preston added 20 points (8-14 FG, 0-5 3PT) in the loss. 

The Hustle were led by Dakota Mathias’ 21 points (8-19 FG, 4-10 3PT), seven rebounds, and three assists. 

The Clippers held a 96-95 advantage with 2:23 remaining in regulation. A three-pointer by Memphis’ Jacob Gilyard gave the Hustle a 98-96 lead and would prove to the winning bucket, as neither team would score in the final 1:13 of the game. 

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