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Memphis Hustle vs. Agua Caliente Clippers Game Recap

Hustle fall to the Clippers despite Jeremy Morgan’s career high 23

Texas Legends v Memphis Hustle Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images

Preview

The Memphis Hustle return home following a 3 game road trip last week that saw the team go 2-1 to face off against the Agua Caliente Clippers. The season series with the Clippers is tied at one game apiece going into tonight’s rubber match. The Clippers will be without guard Tyrone Wallace who is with the NBA club. The Hustle will be without Durand Scott (personal) and recently waived Trahson Burrell, but will welcome newly signed guard JJ Frazier.

First Quarter

The first quarter started out like most Hustle games do with a lot of running up and down the court. Both teams came out shooting a ton of 3s in the high scoring quarter. Jeremy Morgan started out hot with 5 points and 4 rebounds in the first few minutes of the game. It was a balanced quarter for the Hustle with 7 players scoring. However, the Clippers lead 36-27 at the end of the quarter thanks to hot shooting (61%) and making five 3s. The Hustle were lead by Jeremy Morgan and Omari Johnson’s 5 points apiece while the Clippers were lead by J.J. O’Brien’s 13 points.

Second Quarter

The second quarter started the way the first ended with the Clippers draining 3s thanks to a lack of defensive pressure from the Hustle. The Clippers extended their lead to 10 points, but the Hustle fought back to keep the game within 3 midway through the quarter. The rest of the quarter was an up and down battle with both teams catching fire from beyond the arc. When the buzzer sounded, the Clippers held a 61-58 halftime lead. The Hustle were lead by Omari Johnson (12 points), Kobi Simmons (11), and Jeremy Morgan (10) while J.J. O’Brien lead the Clippers with 17. Both teams combined for sixteen 3s, with the Hustle making 9. The hot shooting helped, but the Hustle were able to get back into the game thanks to a better defensive effort to close out the half.

Third Quarter

The third quarter started out with both teams draining a 3 and staying with the up-tempo style of play. The Hustle took their first lead since the beginning of the game on a JJ Frazier 3 pointer. Both teams spent most of the 3rd draining tough 3 point attempts. By the end of the quarter, both teams combined for 27 3s as both continued to shoot lights out. The Hustle were able to come back and take the 92-91 lead going into the 4th behind Jeremy Morgan’s career high 19 points. The Clippers got 19 points apiece from both J.J. O’Brien and Ike Iroegbu.

Fourth Quarter

The offenses finally cooled off to start the 4th as both teams struggled to make baskets. Both teams continued to run up and down the court despite the cold shooting, and it turned into a back and forth affair late in the quarter as neither team could take a comfortable lead. The Clippers extended their lead to 6 in the closing minutes, and the Hustle weren’t able to overcome the deficit as the Clippers held on to win. I try not to be “that guy” who blames things on the officials, but the Clippers attempting 41 free throws to the Hustle’s 13 was a defining factor in this game. Even with the Hustle playing the foul game late, that difference is major.

It was a career game for Jeremy Morgan as he finished with 23 points and 9 rebounds. Kobi Simmons finished with 22 points and Omari Johnson contributed 16 of his own. The Clippers were lead by their dynamic duo of J.J. O’Brien and Ike Iroegbu as O’Brien finished with 31 points and Iroegbu finished with 29. The Hustle finished the night 17/35 from beyond the arc while the Clippers shot 11/29. The loss drops the Hustle to 15-22 on the season. The next Hustle game is Sunday as the team travels to Grand Rapids, Michigan to face off against the Drive.

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