By Eddie White
Thursday night, in arguably the most important game in franchise history, Pacers Gaming avenged two losses earlier in the season to Boston and snapped the Celtics’ nine-game winning streak with a much-needed 81-69 victory to keep their playoff hopes alive in the NBA 2K League. The Pacers got off to a fine start in the game they had to have, leading 19-14 after the first quarter. After both teams scored 17 points apiece in the second quarter, Pacers Gaming outscored Boston 25-20 in the third and 20-18 in the fourth to get the win.
Swizurk, whose previous career-high was 31 points LAST YEAR vs. Boston, erupted for a new career-high of 32 points Thursday night along with a career-high nine three-point baskets. WoLF 74 had season highs for points (19) and assists (five) while Ramo was strong again with 16 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Point guard Matty, playing his first game since May 30, had 10 points on four of five shooting from the field along with seven assists and Lord Beezus was solid with seven rebounds and five assists.
It has NOW come down to one game for Pacers Gaming. If the Blue and Gold tomorrow night, Friday, July 19, in their final regular-season game of 2019, can defeat Nets GC at 6 PM, the Blue & Gold will make the NBA 2K League postseason for the first time. Coach Cody Parrent’s team is now 9-6 in regular-season play and 15-9 overall. There is only one playoff position remaining in the 21-team league that sends eight franchises to the post-season. Five teams, including the Pacers, are fighting for the last spot. Indiana is 9-6, followed by Grizz Gaming and Magic Gaming at 9-7, Cavs Legion at 8-7 and Nets GC at 7-7. A win over Brooklyn and Pacers Gaming IS IN! The Pacers faced the Nets once this year, in THE TICKET tournament in Orlando on June 14 and beat Brooklyn 61-50 as Swizurk led the way with 24 points.