Pacers Gaming outlasted Cavs Legion GC by a score of 51-47 to open up the second week of NBA 2K League regular season. This was a battle of unbeaten teams coming in, but the Pacers will be the only team walking away with that title after improving to a 2-0 record. The Cavs fall to 2-1 in this young season.
It was a tight contest from the beginning. The Pacers only had one rebound in the first quarter, as Cavs Legion GC used a combination of high percentage looks and offensive boards to keep Pacers Gaming off the glass. Despite an impressive seven-to-one rebounding advantage, the Cavs only led 12-11 at the end of the first quarter. They needed a two-point runner at the buzzer from Strainer to take that slim lead.
The rebounding margin remained lopsided heading into halftime with the Cavs leading 14-to-3 in that category. However, the Pacers were very efficient from the field, enabling a 9-2 run to end the second quarter. A three pointer by Swizurk followed by a stop on the other end made the score 24-20 in favor of Pacers Gaming at the halfway point.
Things really picked up after halftime, as Pacers Gaming posted 19 points compared to 16 from Cavs Legion GC in the third quarter. Swizurk, small forward from the Pacers, found his groove with 12 points and a takeover badge to boot. The Pacers led 43-36 heading into the fourth.
The Cavs had opportunities to get back in the game, getting numerous stops in the final stanza. However, they couldn’t capitalize with buckets on the other end. That was the story of the game for Cavs Legion GC, as they shot just 43 percent from the field compared to 61 percent from Pacers Gaming. That allowed the Pacers to hold on for a 51-47 victory despite taking 11 fewer shots and eight less rebounds than the Cavs.
Swizurk came away with 17 points for the Pacers, fueled by a sweet shot (4-of-5) from three-point territory. The center from Pacers Gaming, Ramo, flirted with a triple-double while piling up 10 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists. He accounted for 10 of the 16 Pacers’ rebounds, which was good enough to earn Intel Player of the Game honors.
Tune in Thursday, April 18 to watch Pacers Gaming take on Pistons GT at 9 PM EST on https://www.twitch.tv/nba2kleague.