Stars Edged by Hustle in Overtime
SALT LAKE CITY - The Salt Lake City Stars, the official NBA G League affiliate of the Utah Jazz, fell 131-127 to the Memphis Hustle in overtime tonight at Bruin Arena.
The Stars (26-23) were paced by Utah Jazz two-way player Tyler Cavanaugh, who recorded his sixth 20/10 game of the season (11th double-double) with a team-high 24 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Grayson Allen, currently on assignment from the Utah Jazz, recorded his third-straight 20-point game with 20 points and five boards, and Utah Jazz two-way player Naz Mitrou-Long scored 17 points. In his seventh start of the season, Shonn Miller finished with 16 points, seven rebounds and three steals.
The Hustle (28-21) were led by Tyler Dorsey, currently on assignment from the Memphis Grizzlies, who tallied his second-straight 30-point effort with a game-high 34 points to go along with eight rebounds off the bench. Memphis Grizzlies assignment player Jevon Carter scored 17 points and handed out a team-high six assists, while Memphis Grizzlies two-way player Yuta Watanabe finished with 13 points and six rebounds.
The Stars outscored the Hustle 76-55 in the first half, and Salt Lake City owned a 24-point advantage (93-69), its largest lead of the game, with 5:25 remaining in the third quarter. The Hustle used a 25-5 run in the period to cut Salt Lake City's lead to four (98-94) with 43.4 seconds remaining in the frame. Memphis kept the game close in the fourth quarter, outscoring Salt Lake City 17-4 in the final six minutes of the period to tie the game at 122-all and force overtime. The Hustle outscored the Stars 9-5 in the two-minute overtime period to claim the victory and clinch their first playoff berth in franchise history.
Salt Lake City will host its regular season finale on Friday, March 22, against the Iowa Wolves (Minnesota Timberwolves affiliate) at Bruin Arena. The game, which is "Fairy Tale Night and Fan Appreciation Night presented by Zions Bank" tips off at 7 p.m. (MT) and will be broadcast on Facebook Live.
Tickets for all Stars home games are available at slcstars.com.
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