INDIANAPOLIS – It was a “Tale of Two Cities” Wednesday night but the same result as Pacers Gaming swept previously-undefeated Kings Guard Gaming, 78-62 and 82-77 in OT to move to 6-0 – the best record in the NBA 2K League. The Blue & Gold will next play doubleheaders against Cavs Legion GC on Wednesday, June 9 at 9:00 p.m. and Magic Gaming on Thursday, June 10 at 7:00 p.m.
In the first game Pacers Gaming jumped out to an early lead against its fellow Western Conference foe and turned a two-point margin after one quarter into a 40-29 advantage at intermission as rookie sensation 630 (Xavier Barraza) netted 20 through two quarters of play. Sacramento did pull within six early in the fourth but an immediate 7-0 run by Indiana put the game away. The Pacers outscored the visitors 38-33 in the second half. 630 ended Game 1 with 32 points and 15 assists while veteran LavishPhenom (Andron Thomas) scored 17 with seven rebounds on four-of-four shooting from the 3-point arc. Center Jomar (Jomar Varela-Escapa) recorded his fifth consecutive double/double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Sharpshooter Swizurk (Nicolas Grech) tallied 13 points.
After the comfortable Game 1 win, the second game proved to be much different. The Kings led by one (16-15) after the first quarter and by one (35-34) at the half. Sacramento upped the margin to two (53-51) after three quarters and with just 2:40 to play the visitors led by seven, 65-58. But Coach/GM Cody Parrent’s squad never panicked and outscored the Kings 13-6 to force overtime at 71-71. In the extra period the Pacers took control immediately and outpaced the Kings 11-6 to earn the hard-fought 82-77 overtime triumph. The six consecutive wins by Indiana is a new team record breaking the old mark of five, set in 2019.
Point guard 630 again led the way with 34 points while dishing 13 assists. Jomar set a team record with his sixth-consecutive double/double with 23 points and 12 rebounds – on 11-of-12 shooting from the field. Swizurk hit five three-pointers on his way to 17 points. LavishPhenom contributed 10 rebounds with eight points while veteran WoLF (Bryant Colon) provided his trademark lock-down defense.
FULL OVERTIME REPLAY
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Pacers Gaming is back in action Wednesday (June 9th) versus Cavs Legion GC at 9:00PM/ET.