EDDIE WHITE – After an impressive win over the team with the second-best record in the league in its first game of the NBA 2K League THE TIPOFF Tournament presented by AT&T, Pacers Gaming lost three straight to finish the 2020 edition 1-3. The Pacers will resume regular-season play next week. Future games and dates will be announced shortly by the league.
Warriors Gaming entered the first game tonight with Indiana with a 6-1 record, good for second-best in the league. The Pacers got off to a seven-point advantage after the first quarter and were up one (41-40) after three periods with a steady defense. The Blue & Gold outscored the high-scoring Warriors 20-17 in the fourth quarter to take a 61-57 victory. The Pacers outrebounded Golden State 22-10. Each team had nine turnovers. Swizurk led the Pacers with 20 points, followed by WoLF with 17 and BOHIO with 13. Jomar pulled down 13 rebounds and dished out five assists. CB13 had 29 for the Warriors.
Golden State rushed out to a seven-point lead after the first quarter of Game Two and then used an impressive 31-9 second quarter to claim a 50-21 halftime advantage. At intermission the Pacers suffered 14 turnovers to Golden State’s four. Warriors Gaming earned a 1-1 split with Indiana with a 96-69 victory. Swizurk again led Indiana with 20 points followed by WoLF and BOHIO with 19 points apiece. Jomar had 10 rebounds. Golden State had nine turnovers and forced Pacers Gaming into 20 (11 by BOHIO). CB13 had 54 points for Warriors Gaming.
The Pacers then played two games against Grizz Gaming and lost both – 73-69 and 88-64. The Pacers trailed by two at the half and by eight after three quarters but battled to the end in the four-point Game One loss. NateKahl led the Pacers with 22 points followed by Jomar with 17 (and nine rebounds) and BOHIO with 11 (and nine assists). Vandi had 34 for the Grizz.
In Game Two versus the Grizz, Pacers Gaming rookie Bobby Buckets made his NBA 2K League debut and led the Pacers with 22 points. He added two assists and two steals. He replaced veteran Swizurk in Coach Cody Parrent’s lineup. BOHIO had 19 points and WoLF contributed 13 tallies. Jomar pulled down 12 rebounds and passed out a career-high 10 assists to go along with five steals. The Pacers got outrebounded in Game Two 20-15 and suffered 18 turnovers. Vandi scored 32 and Authentic African added 27 in the 88-64 Grizz victory.