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Greensboro Falls to Maine in Home Finale

March 31, 2022 - NBA G League (G League) - Greensboro Swarm News Release

(GREENSBORO, N.C.) - The Greensboro Swarm, the NBA G League affiliate of the Charlotte Hornets, closed the 2021-22 home schedule with a 122-117 setback to the Maine Celtics (Boston Celtics affiliate) on Thursday at the Fieldhouse at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex. Hornets assignee Kai Jones had 23 points and 11 rebounds for his 15th double-double while with the Swarm this season.

Greensboro (9-23) held a 55-51 lead at halftime behind 13 points from Jalen Crutcher. The Swarm (49 percent) outshot the Celtics (40) through the first 24 minutes but the third quarter was the difference in the game.

Maine shot a blistering 67 percent in the third frame, including hitting 7-of-11 three-point shots. Meanwhile, the Swarm was held to 19 points. Sam Hauser had 11 of his 16 points in the quarter. The Celtics outscored Greensboro 41-19 during those 12 minutes and carried a 92-74 lead into the fourth quarter.

The resilient Swarm did not give up as Jones, Scottie Lewis and Arnoldas Kulboka fought to rally the home team. Jones had 12 of his 23 points in the quarter while Lewis (12) and Kulboka (10) combined for 22 points. Greensboro narrowed the deficit to four points with under a minute left in the game but Boston went 11-for-12 on free throws to secure the victory.

Including Jones, Lewis and Kulboka, a total of six Swarm players scored in double figures. Lewis finished with 18 points and three rebounds; Kulboka had 23 points and five rebounds; Crutcher added 17 points and four assists; JT Thor contributed 11 points and Jarrell Brantley had 10 points off the bench. Joe Chealey's 10 assists marked the fifth time this season he dished out 10-plus dimes.

For Maine, Denzel Valentine had his second straight triple-double by scoring 10 points, grabbing 16 rebounds and having 12 assists. Matt Ryan led all scorers with 30 points to go with four rebounds in 38 minutes. Malik Fitts scored 19 points and grabbed five rebounds off the bench.

Greensboro's regular season comes to an end on Saturday, April 2, when the Swarm head to Raptors 905 (Toronto Raptors affiliate) for a 2:00 p.m. ET contest.

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