INDIANAPOLIS – Pacers Gaming tipped off the 2021 NBA 2K League season Wednesday night, going 1-3 in the Opening Round of THE TIPOFF Tournament powered by AT&T. The Blue & Gold will open the regular season on Saturday, May 29 at 7:00 p.m. against Knicks Gaming.
Playing in one of the tougher pairings in the 23-team tournament’s group-play format against two playoff contenders, Pacers Gaming dropped its opener 78-69 to Warriors Gaming Squad before losing an absolute heart-breaker to the Warriors in the second game, 81-79 in overtime in a contest that saw WGS hit not one but two miracle three pointers. The first one came with 0.9 left on the clock in regulation to tie the game and the second came with just two seconds remaining in overtime to give the Warriors the win. The Pacers immediately bounced back in their third game of the night to defeat T-Wolves Gaming 74-60 before losing 69-62 in the nightcap. Pacers Gaming faced a schedule of four consecutive games over a four-hour period.
“We’re disappointed, of course,” said Head Coach/GM Cody Parrent. “The overtime loss was particularly hurtful. We defended well but sometimes the other guy just makes a miracle shot. And they did. But I was proud of how we bounced back and were very competitive against two of the better teams in our league. It was a long night. With four games in a row, and the last one ending around midnight; it was a challenge. We’ll now get ready for the regular-season opener against the Knicks.”
One of the major bright spots for Pacers Gaming was the play of rookie point guard 630 (Xavier Barraza), the second selection overall in last year’s draft. The highly-touted rookie averaged 29.5 points and 12.8 assists in the four tournament games, including a 40-point effort in the victory over Minnesota. Center Jomar (Jomar Varela-Escapa) also enjoyed a fine tournament, averaging 16.8 points and 12.8 rebounds per game while shooting 70% from the field.
Box scores below:
Warriors Series Game 1:
Warriors Series Game 2:
T-Wolves Series Game 1:
T-Wolves Series Game 2:
Pacers Gaming is back in action next Saturday, May 29th, versus Knicks Gaming at 7:00PM/ET.