INDIANAPOLIS – In a battle between the No. 2 team (Pacers Gaming) in the Western Conference and the No. 2 team (Grizz Gaming) in the Eastern Conference of the NBA 2K League, Indiana showed its dominance by winning all eight quarters Friday night and sweeping Memphis, 87-65 and 74-59 to improve its regular-season record to 17-7. Pacers Gaming will play Mavs Gaming Saturday night at 7:00 PM/ET. Grizz Gaming drops to 12-8.
The Pacers wasted no time taking charge in Game 1, leading 23-15 after the first quarter as rookie sensation 630 (Xavier Barraza) scored 17 in the period. At the half 630 had 29 points and Indiana led 45-35. Pacers Gaming outscored Memphis 42-30 in the second half to secure the 87-65 triumph. 630 finished with 44 points – second best total in team history behind his 48 set in June vs. the Lakers – on a team-record 18 field goals made and seven assists. Swizurk (Nick Grech) added 15 on six-of-nine shooting. LavishPhenom (Andron Thomas) moved back to forward from center and scored 14 points on four-of-four shooting from the three-point arc. Jomar (Jomar Varela-Escapa) pulled down 11 rebounds and defensive specialist Wolf (Bryant Colon) had eight points and a team-high five steals. Indiana only suffered seven turnovers while forcing Memphis into 16.
In Game 2, 630 didn’t take long to reach double figures for the 31st consecutive game, scoring 11 in the first quarter and pacing Indiana to a 18-15 edge after one. Pacers Gaming outscored Memphis 16-9 in the second to take a 34-24 lead at the half. Indiana outpaced Memphis 20-17 in the third quarter and 20-18 in the fourth stanza to take the 74-59 win. 630 finished with 35 points – he now has 21 of the top 27 highest scoring games in team history. Swizurk added 13 points and Jomar (shooting five-of-five from the field) netted 10 to go along with eight rebounds and five assists. LavishPhenom produced eight points and eight rebounds and Wolf scored eight with two assists and four steals.
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