INDIANAPOLIS – Maybe it was the surprise visit earlier in the day to their practice facility by the WNBA’s Indiana Fever, but something clicked for Pacers Gaming late Tuesday night as Indiana recorded an impressive 76-62 comeback victory over Lakers Gaming in NBA 2K League 5v5 “Seed Weeks” play. Coach Bobby Jones, Jr.’s team will play Thursday night at 7:45 PM against the Gen G Tigers of Shanghai and on Friday at 9:00 PM vs. Hornets Venom GT. The Pacers held the Lakers to just 26 points in the second half while scoring 44.
REIZEY (Reid Hill) led the Blue & Gold with 25 points (15 in the second half) to go along with four assists and two steals. VANDI (Zach Vandivier) tossed in 19 points (13th time he’s reached double figures in 14 games this season) and had a season-high 10 assists. BIGREIGN (Blaine Wilson) recorded his 10th double/double in 13 games in 2022 with 12 points and a season-high tying 15 rebounds. JOMAR (Jomar Varela-Escapa) tallied 12 points, pulled down five boards, had two assists and was a monster on defense with three steals and two blocks. Veteran WoLF (Bryant Colon) scored eight points in the victory.
The Pacers held a 19-17 advantage after the first quarter as VANDI had six points and three assists and REIZEY and WoLF each went for five. The Lakers took off in the second quarter and led by nine with just three minutes to play. The Pacers rallied and trailed by only 36-32 at intermission. REIZEY and VANDI combined for 15 points in the third quarter as Indiana outscored Los Angeles 22-15 in the period to lead 54-51 after three quarters. The Pacers never took their foot off the pedal in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Lakers 22-11 as REIZEY scored eight and BIGREIGN grabbed six rebounds and scored six. WoLF, JOMAR and VANDI were brilliant on defense in the fourth quarter.