INDIANAPOLIS – Seeing its first regular-season action in 26 days, Pacers Gaming picked up where it left off in late June, sweeping Bucks Gaming 73-71 and 82-75 Thursday night to improve to 15-5 in the Western Conference of the NBA 2K League. Indiana is now 17-10 overall; the 17 victories representing the most in a single-season in franchise history. The Pacers next game will come Saturday at 7:00 p.m. against the No. 2 team in the Western Conference, T-Wolves Gaming (14-6).
Pacers rookie point guard 630 (Xavier Barraza) – the league’s leading scorer (33.8 PPG) – scored a total of 70 points in the two games Thursday, setting a team record for most consecutive games (27) with double-figure scoring. 630 added 15 assists and committed only two turnovers. The Aurora, Ill., native now has 19 of the top 25 highest-scoring games in team history.
630 led Indiana in scoring in Game 1 Thursday with 32 points and eight assists. Swizurk (Nick Grech) added 17 points on four-of-six shooting from the three-point arc. LavishPhenom (Andron Thomas) moved to the center position and contributed 16 points, 12 rebounds and six assists on six-of-six shooting. Veterans Wolf (Bryant Colon) and Jomar (Jomar Varela-Escapa) were brilliant defensively. All five Bucks scored in double figures led by Regg with 18 points. The Pacers led by six after the first quarter, by four at halftime and by 12 after three. Milwaukee made a late run in the fourth quarter but clutch free throws by LavishPhenom, Swizurk and 630 in the final seconds secured the win.
Bucks Gaming jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter of Game 2 but the Pacers came back as 630 scored nine points and Swizurk added eight and Indiana led 24-22 after one. 630 had 20 at the half as Indiana held a 47-43 advantage. A 15-14 third quarter pushed the Pacers’ lead to 62-57 after three. The Pacers completed the successful evening with a 20-18 fourth quarter.
630 led all scorers with 38 points, added seven assists and matched his career-high with nine three-pointers made. Swizurk hit double figures for the third-straight contest with 19 points. LavishPhenom earned another double-double with 15 points and a career-high 19 rebounds. Jomar added six points, three rebounds two assists and a team-high three steals. Regg led the Bucks with 36 points.
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