Stockton Kings Fall to Memphis Hustle in Thriller to End Inaugural Season
Stockton, Calif. - The Stockton Kings (30-21) the NBA G League affiliate of the Sacramento Kings, fell short to the Memphis Hustle (29-22), the NBA G League affiliate of the Memphis Grizzles, in a down to the wire game 122-119. Memphis Hustle guard Jay-R Strowbridge sank a three-point shot with 2.0 seconds remaining in regulation to advance to the next round of the NBA G League playoffs.
The Stockton Kings saw as much as a 12-point lead in the first quarter. Within the first five minutes of the first quarter, two-way forward Troy Williams had 10 of Stockton's 14 points.
With just over eight minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Memphis was up by 18 points, 106-88 - their biggest lead of the game. Stockton fought back with forward Matt Jones bringing the game to a tie at 119, with 25.4 seconds left. With 2.0 seconds on the clock, Memphis guard Jay-R Strowbridge sank a three-point shot, helping the Hustle advance to the next round of the NBA G League playoffs.
Memphis saw five players in double-figures, with three of them scoring 20+ points. Guard Markel Crawford led the team with 28 points, six rebounds, six assists, and two steals with guard Dusty Hannahs adding 26 points.
Williams led both teams in scoring with 33 points and six rebounds. Sacramento Kings assignment player Caleb Swanigan posted a double-double with 14 points and a game-high 17 rebounds. Guard Cody Demps added 19 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.
The Memphis Hustle will head on the road to face No. 1 seeded Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the NBA G League affiliate of the Houston Rockets. This game will be played on Friday, March 29 at 8 p.m. ET. It can be viewed via Facebook Live.
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