The Memphis Hustle (26-21) earned its third straight victory, and fourth in its last five games, by defeating the Oklahoma City Blue (30-16) 119-101 Friday night in Oklahoma.
Memphis is still tied with Salt Lake City for fifth place in the Western Conference and both teams sit one-half game ahead of the Agua Caliente Clippers for the final two playoff spots.
Memphis native Markel Crawford scored a season-high 30 points off the bench and knocked down 8-of-13 three-pointers to lead the Hustle effort.
The Hustle only led by six (26-20) after the opening frame, trailing for the first several minutes of the game, but closed the period on a 13-0 run and held the Blue scoreless for the final 4:48 of the quarter.
Memphis went on a 10-0 run over a span of 3:16 in the second quarter to push its lead to double digits (41-30) with 5:36 remaining in the half. The Hustle would then outscore Oklahoma City 14-5 over the final two minutes of play, punctuated by two straight Jevon Carter three-pointers in the final 35 seconds, to take a 65-47 lead into halftime. Memphis would lead by as many as 25 and Oklahoma City would come no closer than a 12-point deficit in the second half.
The Hustle knocked down a season-high 20 three-pointers and outrebounded Oklahoma City by a margin of 57-38, including 15-7 on the offensive glass.
All five Memphis starters scored in double figures and three of them recorded double-doubles. Doral Moore had 17 points, tying a season-high, and 13 rebounds. The Hustle are now 6-0 when Moore posts a double-double and 16-5 when he scores in double figures.
Tarik Phillip added 16 points and 10 rebounds. Julian Washburn (18 points, 10 rebounds) posted his fourth double-double in a Hustle uniform. Jevon Carter added 16 points and seven assists while Yuta Watanabe posted 13 points and seven rebounds.
Bryce Alford led Oklahoma City by scoring 25 points.
The Hustle continue its three-game road trip on Sunday, March 17 at the Sioux Falls Skyforce at 5 p.m.
Memphis returns to the Landers Center for its final regular season game, and fourth and final meeting with Oklahoma City, on Monday, March 22 at 7 p.m.