The Hustle returned home after kicking off 2020 on a 3 game road trip. It was the Hustle’s first non-matinee home game since December 11th. With John Konchar (concussion protocol) and Jarrod Uthoff (shoulder) out due to injury, the Hustle got a little help from the Grizzlies as Marko Guduric and Bruno Caboclo joined Josh Jackson on assignment. The Warriors came into Southaven led by a trio of former Grizzlies. Jeremy Pargo, Andrew Harrison and Deyonta Davis made their return back to the Memphis area looking to show off and get a win against their former organization.
The Hustle jumped out to a big lead early behind a strong first quarter from Marko Guduric and Yuta Watanabe leading by as much as 14 points early. After struggling to score at first, the Warriors got hot from deep midway through the quarter to keep the game close before cooling off in the later portions of the quarter. After having their lead cut to 7, the Hustle went on a run to finish the quarter up 12 after Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson stole the ball and was able to slam home a dunk with just .4 seconds remaining in the quarter.
Yuta Watanabe led the Hustle with 11 points and 4 rebounds in the quarter while Marko Guduric chipped in 7 points and 2 steals as the Hustle led 36-24 after the first quarter.
The Hustle started the 2nd quarter with an 8-0 run to extend their lead to 20 points. The hot shooting continued throughout the quarter for the Hustle as they jumped out to a 30 point lead midway through the quarter. After outscoring the Warriors 43-12 in the second quarter, the Hustle led by a whopping 43 points going into the second half as they were up 79-36. Yuta Watanabe led the way with 15 points as the Hustle had 4 players score in double figures in the half. The Hustle shot 62.5% from the field and from beyond the arc (10-16) en route to their dominating first half effort.
The Hustle’s dominance continued into the second half as they built their lead up to nearly 50 points before the Warriors got into a little offensive rhythm cutting the lead back under 40 points by the end of the quarter. The only negative so far in the game came in the 3rd quarter when Bruno Caboclo went down hard on a play and was ruled out for the rest of the game, although the game being well in hand probably played a key role in the decision to sit Bruno the rest of the contest. The Hustle coasted throughout the rest of the game, not letting the Warriors get anywhere close to sniffing a comeback. It was a dominating effort from the Hustle who completely outplayed the Warriors.
Final Hustle Stats
Dusty Hannahs- 21 points
Marko Guduric- 20 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals
Yuta Watanabe- 19 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks
Josh Jackson- 17 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals
Bruno Caboclo- 15 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 blocks
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