The Memphis Hustle lost to the Oklahoma City Blue 116-111 Thursday at Landers Center. Oklahoma City now leads the regular season series 3-0.
Both teams had their share of spurts in the first half while the Hustle led by as many as 13 in the second quarter before Oklahoma City cut the lead to two at halftime. The Blue then opened up the second half on a 14-4 run and would extend their lead to as many as 15 in the third quarter.
Oklahoma City, one of the top teams in the league in forcing turnovers, forced the Hustle into a season-high 27 turnovers while committing just 12 themselves. Additionally, the Blue outscored the Hustle 31-17 in points off turnovers. The Hustle suffered just their fourth loss of the season while outscoring their opponent in the paint (56-44) and owned a significant rebounding advantage as well (58-31).
Vince Hunter (23 points, 14 rebounds) led the Hustle in scoring while posting his third straight double-double and his second 20-10 game in his last three. Trahson Burrell (16 points, 16 rebounds) posted his fourth straight double-double and had a career-high in rebounds while also dishing out six assists. Durand Scott finished with 18 points and eight rebounds in another solid effort. Jordon Crawford (5-6 3P) came off the bench to score 19 points and record a career-high for three-pointers.
Bryce Alford and Rashawn Thomas led the Oklahoma City effort with 20 points apiece. Markel Brown followed their lead with 19 points of his own. Two-way playerP.J. Dozier tallied 13 points and led the team with five assists. Justin Leon (12 points), Mike Cobbins (10 points) and Javan Felix (10 points) also reached double figures.
The Hustle will embark on a road trip that will result in no home games for 23 days, starting with the team’s third matchup of the season with defending Western Conference champion Rio Grande Valley Vipers on Saturday, January 6 at 7 p.m. at State Farm Arena. Memphis’ next home game will come on January 27 at 7 p.m. against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. Tickets are still available and start for as low as $10. Fans can purchase tickets at all Ticketmaster locations, ticketmaster.com, the Landers Center Box Office, online at MemphisHustle.com or by calling (901) 888-Hoop.