INDIANAPOLIS – Pacers Gaming lost its second straight game in as many days in the NBA 2K League Seed Weeks competition, dropping a 74-65 decision to Cavs Legion GC Friday night. The Pacers, now 3-10 in 5v5 action, will play three games next week – Tuesday at 10 PM vs. Lakers Gaming; Thursday at 7:45 PM vs. Gen G Tigers of Shanghai and Friday at 9 PM vs. Hornets Venom GT.
Indiana wasted some brilliant individual performances in Friday’s game. Newcomer BIGREIGN (Blaine Wilson) recorded a season-high 24 points to go along with 12 rebounds (his second double/double in as many games since joining the Pacers via trade with Orlando). BIGREIGN also had season highs for field goals made (12) and attempted (14). WoLF (Bryant Colon) recorded season highs in points (10), rebounds (six) and assists (four). Point guard REIZEY (Reid Hill) dished out a season-high 11 assists to go along with his 11 points. VANDI (Zach Vandivier) scored 18 points for Indiana. ANTOINE had 31 points and 15 points for Cleveland.
Despite getting outrebounded by Indiana 23-12, the Cavs were brilliant from the field, shooting 66% (27-41) overall from the field and 67% (12-18) from the three-point arc. The Pacers shot 53% (27-51) from the field and just 38% (9-24) from the arc.
Behind VANDI’s seven points and four points and three rebounds from BIGREIGN the Pacers bolted to a 17-10 advantage after the first quarter. After Cleveland started the second quarter with an 8-0 run to take the lead, the Pacers countered with a 10-0 run of their own. But then the Cavs went on a 7-0 spurt and eventually used a 25-14 quarter to take a 35-31 lead at halftime. Indiana outrebounded Cleveland 16-5 in the first half. Despite 10 points from BIGREIGN and five points and four assists from REIZEY, the Cavs took the third quarter 24-20 and extended their margin to 59-51 after three quarters. VANDI and BIGREIGN each had six points in the fourth quarter but the Pacers could never get close as Cleveland, with a 15-14 quarter, won by nine.