Kissimmee, Fla. – The Memphis Hustle, the Grizzlies’ NBA G League affiliate, completed a 16-point comeback to knock off the Salt Lake City Stars 104-96 inside AdventHealth Arena on Monday morning. Memphis outscored Salt Lake City 63-45 in the second half to pick up their first win over the Stars since Mar. 19, 2019.
Memphis got off to another slow start offensively in their second game in as many days. The Hustle had 10 turnovers in the opening period and shot just 27.8 percent from the field. Salt Lake City took a 10-point lead into the second quarter after limiting Memphis to just 14 first-quarter points. The Stars took their largest lead of the game with 9:37 to play in the second quarter at 34-18 following a pull-up jumper from Yogi Ferrell. The Hustle were able to cut into the lead before half thanks to nine points from Tyrell Terry late in the quarter. Memphis found themselves down 51-41 at the break after shooting just 38.1 percent from the field.
The Hustle were able to flip the game in the third quarter after a 21-10 finish to the third quarter. Memphis changed their momentum with their effort on the defensive end, holding Salt Lake City to 32 percent shooting, including 11.1 percent from 3-point range in the third. Memphis outrebounded Salt Lake City 24-10 in the period and outscored them 11-3 in second-chance points. Ahmad Caver connected on a fadeaway with 11:43 to play in the game to make it a 72-70 game, giving the Hustle their first lead since 7-6 at the 6:46 mark of the first quarter. Both teams traded baskets and were tied at 88-88 following a 3-pointer from Dakarai Allen. Following the basket from Allen, Memphis ripped off a 13-4 run over the next 2:39 of play to take command of the game at 101-92. Memphis would hold off Salt Lake City the remainder of the fourth quarter to earn their second win on the second night of a back-to-back this season. Memphis dominated the second half thanks in large part to shooting 44.4 percent from 3-point range in the second-half while limiting Salt Lake City to 17.7 percent from behind the arc in the final 24 minutes.
David Stockton led Memphis with 19 points (8-16 FG), seven rebounds and three assists in 36 minutes. Stockton moved in 19th place all-time in NBA G League scoring history with 3,019 career points. Terry posted a double-double with 17 points, 11 rebounds and four assists on 4-of-11 shooting. Sam Merrill added 17 points, eight rebounds and three assists on 6-of-16 shooting. Freddie Gillespie picked up his third double in four games with 14 points, 15 rebounds and two blocks on an efficient 7-of-11 shooting performance. Shaq Buchanan led the Hustle in bench scoring with 12 points and seven rebounds as Memphis improved to 2-2 on the season.
Tyler Bey totaled a game-high 22 points (8-14 FG), seven rebounds and an assist in 27 minutes of action. Trevon Bluiett posted a double-double off the bench with 10 points, 15 rebounds and four assists in 33 minutes. Paul White added 14 points, six rebounds and two assists as Salt Lake City fell to 1-3.
The Hustle will return to the court on Wednesday, Feb. 17 when they meet the Oklahoma City Blue at 6:30 p.m. CT inside HP Field House. Fans can watch the game on GrindCityMedia.com or stream it on ESPN+.