Week 9 of the NBA 2k League got going on Wednesday, June 19 with five games between eight teams, seven of which started out the night either in playoff position or within three games of being in playoff position.
Kings Guard Gaming 66, Knicks Gaming 53
Kings Guard Gaming came into this contest having lost its last two consecutive regular-season games but career highs in assists and rebounds by BP and worthingcolt changed that quickly. BP and worthingcolt scored 15 and 12 points to go with their 13 assists and 18 rebounds to record double-doubles. The defense was working for Kings Guard Gaming (8-4) as well, holding Knicks Gaming point guard iamadamthe1st to more turnovers (five) than made field goals (four). BallLikeSeem led all scorers with 18 points and the loss likely eliminates the defending league champions Knicks Gaming from playoff contention at 2-9 on the season.
Mavs Gaming 74, Warriors Gaming Squad 72
Warriors Gaming Squad brought its trademark defense in the first half of this one, feeding off the momentum from becoming the first-ever NBA 2k League team to win more than one tournament in a season. Warriors Gaming Squad frustrated Mavs Gaming’s shot attempts and dominated the boards in the first half to take a 49-30 lead into the break.
The script was flipped in the third quarter, as Mavs Gaming point guard Dimez went 5/6 from 3-point range to bring his team back. Mavs Gaming started the quarter on a 20-4 run to trim the deficit to a mere two points late in the third. The fourth quarter was characterized by trading buckets and with 1:23 left to play, Mavs Gaming took its first lead at 68-67 on a dunk by center PeteBeBallin. From there, Mavs Gaming would finish the game outscoring Warriors Gaming Squad (7-5) 44-23 in the second half.
PeteBeBallin scored a career-high 27 points to help his team overcome the 19-point deficit. Dimez finished with 25 points and 10 assists. The win puts Mavs Gaming (11-1) on the verge of clinching a playoff spot.
Pacers Gaming 50, Knicks Gaming 47
In this rematch of a semifinals game from “The Ticket,” Pacers Gaming center Ramo again proved himself a problem for Knicks Gaming in the first half of this game, scoring early and often to help Pacers Gaming build a 27-24 halftime lead.
Knicks Gaming (2-10) would turn up the defense in the third quarter, limiting Pacers Gaming to just nine points in the frame and getting a strong effort from center Idrisdagoat6. Pacers Gaming (7-4) struck back in the fourth quarter thanks to center Lord Beezus. Lord Beezus finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Ramo ended up with 23 points to keep his team in playoff position.
Celtics Crossover Gaming 92, Warriors Gaming Squad 44
The residuals of the second half of the loss to Mavs Gaming seemed to linger throughout this contest, as Celtics Crossover Gaming steamrolled a hapless Warriors Gaming Squad. ProFusion was unstoppable from 3-point range, finishing the game 5/6 from distance to pad his 35-point performance. Point guard oFAB recorded a double-double with 27 points and 12 assists. Warriors Gaming Squad turned the ball over 21 times, nearly three times as much as the number of turnovers they forced (eight).
The win keeps Celtics Crossover Gaming (5-5) alive for a playoff spot and although Warriors Gaming Squad (7-6) is already in by virtue of their tournament win, they need to rebound from these bad games to stand a chance to advance.
Wizards District Gaming 57, Cavs Legion GC 49
Wizards District Gaming stayed hot to close out Wednesday night’s action thanks to its powerful frontcourt. Forwards Dayfri and ReeseDaGod along with center Gilly combined for 46 points on 17/30 shooting, with Gilly adding 11 rebounds, to win a third consecutive regular-season game. This contest was decided in the second quarter when Wizards District Gaming outscored Cavs Legion GC 16-9.
The win further muddles up the bottom of the playoff picture, as Wizards District Gaming (5-6) and Cavs Legion GC (7-6) are now part of a group of a dozen teams that have either five or six losses on the season heading into Thursday night. Three of those teams will make the playoffs and as it stands right now only three games separate third place from 17th place in the league standings.
Schedule for Thursday, June 20 and Friday, June 21
Week 9 of the regular season continues tomorrow and concludes on Friday, featuring nine more games. All times listed are Eastern and all games can be streamed live for free on the NBA 2k League Twitch and YouTube channels.
Thursday, June 20
Wizards District Gaming at Pacers Gaming, 6 p.m. ET
Pistons GT at Blazer5 Gaming, 7 p.m. ET
Lakers Gaming at Kings Guard Gaming, 8 p.m. ET
Mavs Gaming at Celtics Crossover Gaming, 9 p.m. ET
Friday, June 21
Jazz Gaming at Blazer5 Gaming, 6 p.m. ET
Bucks Gaming at Lakers Gaming, 7 p.m. ET
NetsGC at Heat Check Gaming, 8 p.m. ET
Jazz Gaming at Pistons GT, 9 p.m. ET
Bucks Gaming at NetsGC, 10 p.m. ET