Hustle finish Showcase with loss to Swarm

The Memphis Hustle, the Grizzlies’ NBA G League affiliate, fell 122-118 to the Greensboro Swarm at the NBA G League Winter Showcase.  

Arnoldas Kulboka paced Greensboro with 28 points (9-11 FG, 7-9 3P), nine rebounds and four assists. Xavier Sneed added 20 points, four assists and two rebounds on 7-of-10 shooting. D.J. Carton totaled 14 points, seven assists and four rebounds off the bench. 

Cameron Young led all scorers with 29 points on 9-of-19 shooting, his fifth consecutive game eclipsing the 20-point mark. David Stockton added 25 points (8-15 FG, 5-6 3P), five assists and four rebounds. Reggie Hearn totaled 22 points, nine rebounds and seven assists while passing Walter Lemon Jr. for 16th all-time on the NBA G League scoring list. 

Cameron Young of the Memphis Hustle.
(Bob Bakken/DeSoto County Sports)

Memphis trimmed the lead to 116-115 with 1:22 to play in regulation before Greensboro scored six unanswered points to extend the lead to 122-115 and put the game out of reach. 

After shooting 54 percent from the field and 61 percent from three-point range in the first half, the Hustle were held to 33 percent shooting in the second half, including 22 percent from three-point range. Greensboro shot 63 percent from the field in the second half and outscored Memphis 68-53. 

The Hustle starters outscored the starting unit for the Swarm 104-45, but Greensboro’s bench outscored Memphis’ second unit 77-14 to lift the Swarm to victory. 

Next, the Hustle opens their 36-game regular season on the road against Rio Grande Valley on Thursday, Dec. 30, at 7:30 p.m. Fans can catch the game on ESPN+. 

Bob Bakken

Bob Bakken is the most recognized and most trusted name in DeSoto County news and sports reporting, as readers continue to express their appreciation for his accuracy and fairness in the stories he writes. Bob provides content for DeSoto County News and occasionally is heard on the OB Pod podcast talking about area happenings. A former newspaper editor and writer, his award-winning background also includes television news producing, sports media relations, and radio broadcasting.

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