INDIANAPOLIS – For the third time in four days Pacers Gaming took the court needing one win to clinch the overall No. 1 seed in the NBA 2K League 3v3 Playoffs and for the third time Indiana came up short, losing a heart-breaking best-of-five series, 3-2 to T-Wolves Gaming Friday night.  But the Pacers got help Friday with a loss by Pistons GT and clinched the No. 1 overall seed in the playoffs, which begin August 12. The Pacers, now 15-6 overall, will play two games next week as the league’s “Seed Weeks” continues – Wednesday, July 27 at 9 PM vs. Knicks Gaming and Thursday, July 28 at 9 PM vs. Hornets Venom GT.

Using a great team effort, the Blue & Gold took Game 1 from Minnesota, 23-21 as VANDI (Zach Vandivier) scored 11 and WoLF (Bryant Colon) went for nine.  JOMAR (Jomar Varela-Escapa) took only one shot in Game 1 – and made it: a game-winning three pointer.  SHIFTYKAI, who was the leading scorer in all five games Friday for the T-Wolves, netted 13 in the loss.  T-Wolves Gaming came back in Game 2 to win, 23-15 as SHIFTYKAI went for 10 points.  VANDI led the Pacers with eight points, followed by WoLF with four and JOMAR with three.  Minnesota took a 2-1 advantage in the series with a 23-18 victory in Game 3.  SHIFTYKAI had 18 of his team’s 23 points in the win.  The Pacers were led by WoLF with 10 points.  VANDI scored six.  Through the five games Friday WoLF was 16 of 17 from the field, including eight of nine from beyond the arc.

The Pacers tied the series at 2-2 with a 21-15 triumph in Game 4 with balanced scoring as WoLF had eight points, JOMAR netted seven tallies and VANDI scored six.  Down five late in the contest in the deciding Game 5, the Pacers pulled to within one, 20-19 late but the T-Wolves got a three pointer to win 23-19 and take the series.  WoLF led Indiana with nine points on three-of-three from the arc, VANDI added six points and JOMAR netted four.  SHIFTYKAI led the T-Wolves with 13 points.

Box scores below:

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Game 5