Photo: Ahmad Caver of the Memphis Hustle, shown in action earlier this season, led the Hustle with 21 points in Tuesday’s win over Stockton. (Bob Bakken/DeSoto County Sports)
The Memphis Hustle (9-15) have a two-game winning streak on its seven-game road trip after Tuesday night’s 106-98 victory over the Stockton Kings (10-12) in California.
The Hustle were led by Ahmad Caver’s 21 points, 10 assists and five rebounds Tuesday night. Caver is the NBA G League’s assists per game leader.
Ben Moore scored 18 points and brought down 15 rebounds. Santi Aldama totaled 15 points and five rebounds while Shaq Buchanan added 13 points and seven rebounds.
Game high honors went to NBA veteran Quinn Cook with 27 points off the bench for the Kings, DJ Steward pitched in 14 points, six rebounds and three assists.
The Hustle held an 82-78 advantage heading into the fourth quarter, where they would earn the victory on the defensive end. Memphis limited Stockton to 20 points on 32 percent shooting, including 15.4 percent from 3-point range. Caver scored eight points in the final 7:15 of regulation and the Hustle outscored the Kings 10-2 from the free throw line to help seal the victory.
The Hustle ended the first half with a 20-5 run, extending the lead to 64-48 at the break. Moore had a double-double in the first half with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Cook led Stockton at the half with 11 points and two rebounds.
The Hustle led by 16 points in the third quarter before the Kings ripped off a 20-4 run to tie the game, 68-68, with 5:02 remaining in the quarter. Memphis immediately responded with the next seven points to regain control of the game.
The Hustle continue its seven-game road trip when they visit the South Bay Lakers on Thursday, March 10, at 9 p.m. CT on ESPN+.