INDIANAPOLIS (June 23) – Holding its opponent to just 11 points in three of the four quarters, Pacers Gaming rode a stout defense to its second straight win in the NBA 2K League 5v5 THE TURN Tournament Friday night with an impressive 66-55 road win over Kings Guard Gaming. The Pacers, now 2-1 in THE TURN, will play three games next week to complete group play in the event and then prepare for bracket play the following week. Indiana outrebounded Sacramento 19-13 Friday, including 8-3 on the offensive boards. The Pacers committed seven turnovers to the Kings’ 11. It’s the second win in two nights for Indiana as the Pacers defeated the Lakers 79-66 Thursday evening.
Guard CHESS (Kory Taylor) paced Indiana with 28 points on 11-of-18 shooting and added six assists. Center BIG REIGN (Blaine Wilson) notched a double/double with 12 points and 11 rebounds while point guard GREENLIGHT (Dylan Sanderson) scored 12, had two rebounds and two steals and dished a game-high nine assists. RANGE (Gil Santiago, Jr.) hit double figures for just the third time in 11 games with 11 points, including four-of-five from the field and three-of-three from three-point land. JAYSNAGS (Julio Laboy) did a little bit of everything with three points, six rebounds, two assists, two steals and excellent lock-down defense. Only one King reached double figures – BASH with 23 tallies.
The Pacers jumped out to a 18-11 first quarter lead as GREENLIGHT scored seven and CHESS and BIG REIGN each contributed four points. Sacramento stormed back in the second quarter, outscoring Indiana 22-15 to tie the game at 33-33 at halftime. BASH had 16 at intermission for the Kings. CHESS had five points and BIG REIGN four in the second quarter for the Blue & Gold. CHESS scored seven and the Pacers once again held the Kings to 11 points in the third quarter, outscoring the home team 15-11 in the period to take a 48-44 lead after three quarters. CHESS exploded for 12 fourth-quarter points for the Pacers and the defense once again locked down the Kings as Indiana outscored its opponent 18-11 in the fourth to take the victory.