INDIANAPOLIS – Pacers Gaming went into Friday night’s doubleheader at Detroit with one mission: win one game and Indiana secures the No. 2 position in the Western Conference of the NBA 2K League and a bye in the first round of the playoffs.
Indiana put on a marvelous offensive display while winning Game 1 with Pistons GT, 89-70 before losing Game 2 in a record-setting 108-105 setback. Pacers Gaming is now 20-8 heading to the postseason.
Pacers rookie point guard 630 (Xavier Barraza) – the league favorite for Rookie of the Year & MVP – enjoyed the finest night of his career scoring 108 total points Friday (43 in the Game 1 clincher and a team-record shattering 65 in the nightcap). In addition to the team record for points in a game, 630 set Pacers single-game marks for FGs made (24), FGs attempted (46), three-point FGs made (13) and three-point FGs attempted. He also had 19 assists. 630 has now scored in double figures in every career game (35) and owns 24 of the 30 highest-scoring games in team history!
After an 18-18 first quarter in Game 1, the Pacers took a 37-33 advantage at the half as 630 scored 15 and Swizurk (Nick Grech) added 10 at intermission. A 22-17 Blue & Gold third quarter gave Indiana a 59-50 lead headed to the fourth. The Pacers left no doubt, outscoring Detroit 30-20 in the fourth quarter enroute to the commanding 89-70 triumph. 630 had 43 points and eight assists while Swizurk netted 15. WoLF (Bryant Colon) scored 17 and center Jomar (Jomar Varela-Escapa) recorded a double/double with 10 points and 16 rebounds. The Pacers front line of Wolf, Jomar and LavishPhenom (Andron Thomas) combined to shoot 12 of 14 from the field.
Game 2 featured a shootout. The Pacers led 28-23 after one quarter and 60-52 as 630 netted 42 points at the half. Detroit made a run with a 24-18 third period to pull within two after three quarters, 78-76. The Pistons outscored Indy 32-27 in the fourth to steal a win. 630 finished with 65 points, 11 assists, three rebounds and two steals and was 24 of 46 from the field and 13 of 28 from the three-point arc. Wolf added 14 points including four-of-four from three and Jomar recorded yet another double/double with 13 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and four steals. Making his first regular-season start for the Blue & Gold, Randolph (Randolph Moreno) scored 10 points with two rebounds and three steals at power forward. He was four-of-five from the field, including two-of-two from three.
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