The Memphis Hustle lost its first game of NBA G League Showcase 2018, 117-108, Thursday against the Lakeland Magic at Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, marking the team’s fourth straight loss.
Memphis started the game hitting on all cylinders, knocking down 17 of its first 27 field goal attempts (.630) and led by as many as 17 in the second quarter. Lakeland closed the period by outscoring the Hustle 26-14 to cut the deficit to 59-54 at halftime. Lakeland took its first lead with 8:29 remaining in the third quarter before the teams entered the fourth quarter deadlocked at 86.
The teams traded the lead 15 times in the second half after the Hustle led for the majority of the game. The fourth quarter continued that trend before the Hustle took a 101-96 lead after a 10-2 run. However, Lakeland responded with a 21-4 run of their own over the next 6:43 to seal the game. Lakeland outscored Memphis 25-10 in points off turnovers.
Austin Nichols led the Hustle with a season-high 23 points on 10-of-14 shooting to go with nine boards. Vince Hunter was productive across the board, posting 19 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, two steals and two blocks. Durand Scott chipped in 15 points off the bench. Marquis Teague (13 points), Trahson Burrell (12 points) and Jeremy Morgan (11 points) also reached double figures.
Troy Caupain (16 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists) recorded a triple-double for Lakeland, marking the first in franchise history by a Hustle opponent. Rodney Purvis posted a game-high 25 points. Khem Birch had 19 points, nine rebounds, six assists and three blocks for the Magic. Additionally, Jamel Artis poured in 18 points and Adreian Payne contributed 13 points.
The Hustle will play their second and final game of NBA G League Showcase 2018 on Saturday, January 13 at 3 p.m. CT at Mississauga Sportzone on Facebook Live. 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.