The Memphis Hustle, the Grizzlies’ NBA G League affiliate, fell 119-97 to the Birmingham Squadron in the inaugural meeting between the two franchises on Monday.
Jared Harper led all scorers with 23 points (7-13 FG, 5-7 3P), four assists and two rebounds. Jaxson Hayes (17 points, 12 rebounds) and Trey Murphy III (18 points, 11 rebounds) posted double-doubles on assignment from New Orleans. Malcolm Hill added 18 points and Jose Alvarado tallied 15 points, both off the bench.
Cameron Young led Memphis with 20 points (9-18 FG), three rebounds and three assists. Freddie Gillespie posted 14 points and 13 rebounds for his team-leading sixth double-double. David Stockton added 16 points, two rebounds and two assists.
Memphis trailed 86-82 after three quarters before Birmingham scored 20 of the first 24 points in the fourth quarter. Birmingham outscored Memphis 33-15 in the final 12 minutes and extended its lead to as many as 25 points. The Squadron outshot the Hustle 48% to 33% and limited Memphis to 14% from 3-point range in the fourth quarter.
The Squadron outrebounded the Hustle 56-41 and scored 60 points in the paint. Memphis turned the ball over 21 times and allowed a season-high 27 points off turnovers.
The Hustle shot 7-of-19 from 3-point range in the first half, but were limited to 2-of-13 in the second half.
The Hustle conclude its Showcase Cup schedule tomorrow, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. in a rematch with Birmingham. Fans unable to attend the game can catch the game on NBAGLeague.com.
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DeSoto County News Service – News Release