INDIANAPOLIS – It’s a fresh start for Pacers Gaming. In the 12th and final best-of-five series on the first day ever for the NBA2K League 3v3 The Slam Tournament – in a series that started around 11 PM – Pacers Gaming dramatically defeated Lakers Gaming, winning the series, 3-1. The Pacers (1-0) will play Wednesday at 9:00 PM vs. Glitchy and on Friday at 8:00 PM against Kings Guard Gaming to complete the first week of two in pool play for The Slam. The unique format – three players vs. three players, first team to 21 wins, must win by two, best-of-five format, proved to be to the liking for Indiana.
The Pacers captured Game 1 in dramatic fashion when after trailing 18-16, and just a made three-pointer by LA from a loss, a total team effort defensively and timely shooting gave the Blue and Gold a come-from-behind 21-18 victory. Vandi (Zach Vandivier) had 13 points, Jomar (Jomar Varela-Escapa) six points and WoLF (Bryant Colon) two points. Unselfish Indiana jumped to a 2-0 lead in the series with a 22-15 triumph in Game 2 as Jomar tallied nine, WoLF 8 points and Vandi five points.
The Lakers literally did not miss a shot (eight for eight overall, five for five from the three-point arc) in taking Game 3, 21-18. Regg led Los Angeles with 19 points while Vandi went for 12 for the Pacers, followed by Jomar with six.
The Pacers finished off the Lakers in Game 4 with another dramatic comeback. Down 19-17 and just a two-point basket away from a loss and a forced Game 5, Vandi knocked down a 3-pointer to take the lead, 20-19. On the Lakers inbound, Vandi then made a steal and delivered a dramatic drive and dunk to shock LA, 22-19, and give Indiana the series victory.