Ignite fall flat in second half of back-to-back in Memphis
The latter part of a back-to-back in Memphis provided a host of problems for the NBA G League Ignite resulting in another road loss.
Most recently, the Ignite were beaten, 123-97, by the Hustle Friday, Feb. 24 from the Landers Center. The loss brings an end to a six-game road trip that goes back to the start of the month. This year’s development team went 1-5 during the excursion.
After starting the road trip firmly placed in the top eight of the Western Conference, the Ignite now find themselves slotted in the 11th spot.
After the six-game stretch, the Ignite are now 4-6 on the road after starting the year 2-0. Next up, the team will return home to The Dollar Loan Center for the first time in February.
Upon arrival, the Ignite will host the Iowa Wolves Monday, Feb. 27. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. Appearing to be battling tired legs, the Ignite were held to pretty low shooting splits for the vast majority of the night. Until late in the contest, the team shot near 37% from the field, 30% from three-point range and 50% from the free throw line. By the end of the game, the final numbers were 40%/20%/70%.
In addition to the frigid shooting night, the Ignite were out-rebounded by Memphis, 60-46. The Hustle also shined by sharing the ball to the tune of 30 assists on 46 made field goals while the opponent tallied 20 on 36 makes on the other end.
Memphis went up by double-digits in the first quarter and would lead by as many as 25 points in the first half including heading into the break up as much.
The Ignite briefly swung back with a 7-0 run early out of halftime to trim the deficit to 20 points but would never climb any closer than that. The Hustle would eventually go up by as many as 30 points before the final buzzer.
The Ignite never led at any point of the game.
Guard Sidy Cissoko kept his hot shooting out of the All-Star break going early, cashing in on a three-point make plus the foul. That make gave him a 6-for-10 start from deep after shooting 33% from beyond the arc prior to the break.
Cissoko finished with 24 points, good for a share of game-high, on 7-of-14 from the field including two makes from deep. He also tallied six rebounds and four assists.
One of those assists came on a second quarter alley oop to teammate Leonard Miller as part of his double-double outing. Miller closed the night with 17 points and 16 rebounds.
Guard London Johnson scored 16 points on 6-of-13 from the floor coming off the bench.
The starting backcourt of John Jenkins and Scoot Henderson combined to shoot 10-of-28 from the field, recording 23 points as a unit. The shooting night included a 2-for-13 mark from deep.
Since returning from the all-star break, Jenkins is shooting 5-for-20 from beyond the arc.