The Memphis Hustle lost its fourth straight game 116-114 Tuesday night against the Agua Caliente Clippers at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif.
Each of Memphis’ last three losses have come by five points or less and in three of those four losses the opponent has shot at least 53 percent from the field.
With the game tied at 81-81, the Clippers went on a 10-2 run over the final 1:58 of the third quarter to create an eight-point deficit heading into the fourth that would stretch to as many as 13.
The Clippers made the most of their opportunities near the basket and in transition, outshooting the Hustle by 20.5 percent in the paint and owning a 24-16 advantage in fast break points.
For the second straight game, seven Hustle players scored in double figures, led by Marquis Teague’s 19 points to go with eight assists. Austin Nichols scored 15 points off the bench in 21 minutes while shooting 3-of-3 from beyond the arc.
Tyrone Wallace led the Clippers with 30 points on 13-of-19 shooting to go with five rebounds and five assists. Clippers two-way player C.J. Williams poured in 22 points and shot 11-of-13 from the free throw line.
The Hustle will take on the Clippers for the second straight game tonight (Thursday) at 9 p.m. Central time at Citizens Business Bank Arena.
The squad will make its return to Landers Center this Saturday, Dec. 2 for a noon tip-off against the Delaware 87ers.