The Memphis Hustle extended their win streak to 5 games and continued their undefeated start to the season, after a 137-120 win over the South Bay Lakers. The Hustle lost John Konchar prior to tipoff due to a calf injury, but were helped by getting both De’Anthony Melton and Bruno Caboclo who were sent to the Hustle on assignment by the Grizzlies.
The Hustle jumped out to an early double digit lead, scoring the first 11 points of the contest. Josh Jackson led the charge for the Hustle with 11 first quarter points. With the portions of the Grizzlies coaching staff and front office in attendance, Jackson looked even more determined to put on a show. The Hustle scoring effort was well balanced behind Jackson’s 11 points, with 5 other players getting in the scoring column before the quarter was over. The Lakers ended the quarter on a 7-0 run to cut the Hustle lead to just 32-27 after the Hustle lead by double-digits most of the quarter.
The Hustle quickly extended their lead back to double digits, with De’Anthony Melton going on a personal 7-0 run in the first minute of the quarter. The Hustle extended their lead to as much as 20 early in the quarter, with Melton leading the way with 14 second quarter points. Jarrod Uthoff got hot in the quarter as well, scoring 9 points to bring his scoring total to 15 points. The Lakers were able to cut into the Hustle lead to wrap up the quarter, but the Hustle still led by a score of 70-63.
The second half started off with both teams picking up the intensity defensively, with the Lakers cutting the Hustle lead to 2 early in the quarter. Kostas Antetokounmpo in particular picked things up for the Lakers, altering a lot of Hustle shots with his size down low. The Hustle went on a run midway through the quarter, extending their lead back up to 20. During the Hustle run, Josh Jackson got into an altercation with Zach Norvell Jr. as both were battling for rebound position. Norvell Jr. essentially threw Jackson to the ground picking up a flagrant 1 on the play. After responding to Hustle runs all night, the Lakers magic seemed to run out as the 3rd quarter wrapped up with the Hustle on top 113-92.
The final quarter began with both teams trading baskets, as neither team could really get a stop. The Hustle maintained about a 20 point lead throughout the quarter, thwarting any run the Lakers tried to make. They ultimately finished the game by a final score of 137-120. Obviously the Grizzlies players have been a huge help for the Hustle, but with Uthoff, Matt Mooney and Dusty Hannahs the Hustle figure to be good even without the help of NBA guys.
- Josh Jackson and De’Anthony Melton are clearly too good for the G-League
- Bruno Caboclo is probably too good for the G-League, but it’s not obvious
- Matt Mooney & Jarrod Uthoff continue to be steals for the Grizzlies organization
De’Anthony Melton- 27 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 blocks
Josh Jackson- 22 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals
Yuta Watanabe- 22 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks
Jarrod Uthoff- 19 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists
Matt Mooney- 13 points, 8 assists