Pacers Gaming kept their perfect season alive Wednesday with a 61-57 victory over Magic Gaming during Week 4 of the NBA 2K League.
With the victory, Pacers Gaming improved to 4-0 to start the 2019 season, but it didn’t come easy. In fact, for most of Wednesday’s outing, they found themselves behind. After an 8-0 run gave them their biggest lead of the game early in the second quarter, Magic Gaming (2-3) countered with a strong stretch to end the half with a 29-25 lead at the break.
From there, Magic Gaming appeared as if they were holding onto dear life. While their pick-and-roll offense was producing plenty of open buckets down low, they just couldn’t get the stops necessary to pull away. As a result, Pacers Gaming managed to make a push at the end of the third quarter to tie the game at 42 heading into the final period.
Finally, with just over two minutes left in the fourth quarter, Pacers took a 51-49 lead, which was their first time having a lead since their run early in the second period. That ended up being the last lead change of the game, with a fadeaway midrange jumper as the shot clock expired and a free throw from point guard Matty in the closing moments icing things for Pacers Gaming.
It was only right that the ball was in Matty’s hands to close out Wednesday’s game, as the point guard was a one-man wrecking crew all night for his undefeated squad. He finished with a game-high 31 points on 13-of-16 shooting from the field and also managed to dish out a team-high five assists as he was in total control from start to finish. Center Ramo was the only other player on Pacers Gaming to reach double figures with 12 points to go along with three rebounds and three steals.
For Magic Gaming, they had a little more balance on the offensive end with four of their five players scoring in double figures, but their inability to stop Matty in crunch time would be what cost them the game. Power forward DT got off to a hot start and carried it throughout the rest of the contest, scoring a team-high 22 points on 9-of-15 shooting, while small forward KelMav added 14 after getting going late in Wednesday’s game. Point guard Reizey showed once again why he is one of the best playmakers in the league, posting a double-double of 11 points and 12 rebounds.
Pacers Gaming returns to action next week in Las Vegas for THE TURN tournament as a top seed. Schedule of games TBD on https://www.twitch.tv/nba2kleague.