EDDIE WHITE – Pacers Gaming evened its NBA 2K League record to 3-3 Friday night with an impressive 2-0 sweep over Pistons GT. Each matchup in the league is a best-of-three series with the result counting in the league standings as one game. The Blue & Gold took Game One 79-58 and then took care of business in Game Two, 64-52. It marks the second-consecutive sweep for Indiana, which took down 76ers GC 2-0 (64-47, 61-54) ten days ago. Coach Cody Parrent’s team is off next week for the league’s BYE WEEK and will be back in action on Wednesday, June 10, facing Bucks Gaming at 7:00 p.m.
In Game One, the Pacers used great defense early and often in taking down the Pistons. Leading 22-18 after the first quarter, the Pacers built the advantage to 39-29 at intermission as Swizurk scored 11 and WoLF added 10. The Pacers only had three turnovers while forcing Detroit into six. The Blue & Gold out-rebounded Detroit 13-11 in the first half. A 22-10 third quarter helped put the game away for Indiana. Center Jomar had 10 points, a career-best 16 rebounds and a team-record eight blocked shots while shooting 4-for-4 from the field. Swizurk led the way with 29 points followed by WoLF with a season-high 19 and rookie PG BOHIO with 13 points and 11 assists. Defensive specialist NateKahl added eight points. The Pacers ended the game with only four turnovers while Detroit had 12. Ramo, last year’s leading scorer and assist man for the Pacers, was held to 10 points, one rebound and suffered seven turnovers for Detroit.
In Game Two, the Pacers got out to an early lead and outscored Detroit in all four periods en route to the 64-52 victory. Rookie PG BOHIO had a career-high 31 points, added five assists and was 12-of-18 from the field, including four-of-six from the three-point line. NateKahl went five-for-five from the field and had 13 points; WoLF added 10 and Jomar pulled down 12 rebounds, dished out a career-best six assists and scored six points. The Pacers had nine turnovers and forced Detroit into 11 while out-rebounding the Pistons 18-15. Ramo was held to 11 with no rebounds and two turnovers for Detroit.