INDIANAPOLIS – Pacers Gaming split two games with the Gen.G Tigers of Shanghai Wednesday night, winning Game 1, 76-69 before dropping the nightcap, 74-67. The Blue & Gold, now 9-3 in NBA 2K League regular-season play, will take on Lakers Gaming on Friday evening in another twinbill at 7:00 p.m. The Tigers have won three of their last four; with two of their losses this season coming by one point and one loss by two points.
In the first game the Blue & Gold blasted to a 27-23 lead after one quarter as rookie point guard 630 (Xavier Barraza) exploded for 18 points in the period on six of nine shooting. The Pacers outscored Gen.G 22-11 in the second to take a comfortable 49-34 advantage at halftime as 630 had 28 and Jomar (Jomar Varela-Escapa) had eight points along with 11 rebounds. But the Tigers outscored Indiana 24-19 in the third despite 11 tallies from Pacers veteran Swizurk (Nicolas Grech) to pull within 10, 68-58 heading to the final stanza. A low-scoring fourth quarter saw Gen.G outscore the Pacers 11-8 but Indiana came away with the 76-69 win. 630 ended up with 40 points – the fourth time he has netted 40 or more in a game this year – along with seven assists. Swizurk scored double figures for fourth-straight game with 21. Jomar, who had his team-record string of double/doubles snapped at nine in his last game, got back on track with 10 points and a season-high 19 rebounds.
Gen.G adjusted its defense for Game 2 and led 24-16 after the first quarter, holding 630 to just three first-quarter points. The Blue & Gold outscored Shanghai 16-15 in the second quarter to pull within 39-32 at intermission, with 630, Swizurk and LavishPhenom (Andron Thomas) each scoring eight. Pacers Gaming outscored the Tigers 17-16 in the third quarter in the low-scoring contest to pull within 55-49 after three. The two teams continue to battle in the fourth quarter with Shanghai outscoring Indiana 19-18 enroute to the 74-67 win. 630 was held to a career-low 18 points but did have 12 assists. Swizurk reached double figures for the fifth straight game (he is averaging 19.4 PPG in that span) with 15 points. Veteran Wolf (Bryant Colon) enjoyed a season-high 13 points. Jomar picked up his second straight double/double (and 11th in his last 12 games) with 13 points and 14 rebounds to go along with six assists. LavishPhenom was a terror on the boards with 11 rebounds and eight points.
With his 40 points in Game 1, 630 remarkably in just 16 overall games played in his Pacers Gaming career, has now garnered 12 of the top 18 single-game scoring efforts in team history. The Pacers are one win away from tying their team record (10) for most regular-season victories in one season.
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Pacers Gaming is back in action on Friday, June 18 at 7:00 p.m. against Lakers Gaming.