Hustle Run Past Warriors to Start Homestand
Southaven, Miss. - The Memphis Hustle (18-6) earned its largest victory of the season with a 122-92 victory over the Santa Cruz Warriors (14-10) Monday night at Landers Center. The Hustle led by as many as 48 (95-47) in the third quarter, marking the largest lead by any team in the NBA G League this season.
Memphis started the game on a 16-2 run and knocked down 12 of its first 15 field goal attempts, shooting 62.5 percent (16-25 FG) for the first quarter. Santa Cruz cut the lead to as little as five during the period, but a Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson steal and slam dunk in transition right before the buzzer lifted Memphis to a 36-24 lead heading into the second quarter.
A pair of three-pointers from Hollis-Jefferson and Grizzlies assignee Bruno Caboclo followed by a fastbreak dunk by Ahmad Caver off of a Warriors turnover pushed the lead to 20 (44-24) to start the second. Memphis used a 24-6 run over the first 6:24 over the quarter to push the lead to 30 (60-30) and led by 43 (79-36) at halftime, good for the largest halftime lead in franchise history. The Hustle shot 7-of-11 from long range in the quarter while Santa Cruz missed all 10 of their attempts. Memphis outscored the Warriors 43-12 in the frame, marking a season-low for points in any quarter by a Hustle opponent.
Memphis' 79 first half points tied a franchise record for any half while their field goal percentage (.638; 30-47 FG) set a new season-high. The Hustle also set a new franchise record for three-point percentage (.667; 10-15 3P) in a quarter, knocking down seven of their first nine attenpts.
Dusty Hannahs led the Hustle with an efficient night off the bench, scoring 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting (3-4 3P) in just 20 minutes of action. Grizzlies assignee Marko GuduriÃ¦ made his first six field goal attempts and finished with 20 points. Yuta Watanabe (19 points, 10 rebounds) had his first double-double of the season. Josh Jackson added 17 points while Caboclo contributed 15 of his own.
Former Grizzlies guard Andrew Harrison led the Warriors with 18 points. Two-way player Ky Bowman followed suit with 17. Former Grizzlies center Deyonta Davis (10 points, 13 rebounds) and Juan Toscano-Anderson (10 points, 10 rebounds) each recorded double-doubles.
The Hustle return to action on Friday, January 17 at 7 p.m. CT the South Bay Lakers at Landers Center. Tickets are still available starting at $10 each and fans wishing to attend can purchase tickets at ticketmaster.com, the Landers Center Box Office, online at MemphisHustle.com or by calling (901) 888-HOOP.
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