INDIANAPOLIS – Pacers Gaming lost a game it really wanted to win Friday night in the NBA 2K League THE TURN Tournament. A win over Mavs Gaming would put the Pacers in in-person bracket play next week in downtown Indianapolis. A 67-63 loss to Mavs Gaming dampened and seemed to end the Pacers chances for more play in the 5v5 event. But when DUX Infinitos upset Blazer5 Gaming 72-59 later Friday evening, it opened a spot for the Pacers and Indiana advances in remote group play at 2-3.
The Pacers trailed throughout Friday’s contest. The Mavs held a 18-16 edge after one quarter and then increased their advantage to 36-27 at intermission with a 18-11 second quarter. Both teams scored 16 points in the third quarter and Indiana rallied to outscore Dallas in the fourth quarter 20-15.
Vandi (Zach Vandivier) led the Indiana attack with 24 points followed by Reizey (Reid Hill) with 19 points and six assists. All-Star center Jomar (Jomar Varela-Escapa) recorded another double/double with 14 points, 15 rebounds, five assists and four steals. Lavish (Andron Thomas) added six points and four rebounds. KennyZeus led the Mavs attack with 32 points.
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