Week 2 of Kings Guard Gaming's NBA 2K League season looked much like the team's first.
KGG went 1-1 once again, beating Gen.G Tigers on Thursday and losing to Mavs Gaming on Friday.
Thursday's best-of-three series with Gen.G game down to the last game, after KGG and the Tigers split the first two. KGG cruised to a 78-55 blowout win in Game 1, clicking on all cylinders during a 23-2 fourth-quarter run.
DatBoyShotz did a little bit of everything and racked up a triple-double.
Gen.G controlled most of Game 2, winning 68-61 and putting the game out of reach with a dominant second quarter.
KGG won Game 3, but they needed to pull off another comeback in the 64-57 victory. They trailed by seven at the end of the first quarter but led by one at the half and never looked back after that. The defense made some big plays in the second half to clinch the series.
Kings Guard couldn't sustain the momentum Friday against Mavs Gaming, who improved to 4-0 and moved into a tie for first in the 2K League standings.
Mavs Gaming pulled away in the second half for a 71-52 win in Game 1. Kings Guard once again ran into connection issues, which also troubled them in Week 1. The game had to be reset about a minute in.
KGG bounced back in a big way in the second game, winning 67-48. They led for most of the game and really pulled away in the third quarter, and DatBoyShotz led the team with 26 points and 9 rebounds.
Game 3 was close until the last few minutes. Kings Guard started to struggle, which opened the door for Mavs Gaming to build a late lead en route to a 59-51 win.
The loss puts Kings Guard Gaming at a record of 2-2 on the season and sitting middle of the pack. They'll have a bye week in Week 3 before taking on Grizz Gaming and Jazz Gaming in Week 4.
Warriors Gaming Squad ended Friday night's matchup with Cavs Legion GC the same way they began: Undefeated in the NBA 2K League.
A perfect 4-0 start for WGS has them sitting in a three-way tie for first place with Mavs Gaming and Raptors Uprising GC. It was the second series win in Week 2 for WGS after beating 76ers GC on Wednesday.
WGS swept the best-of-three series, but both games against Cavs Legion on Friday were hard-fought.
Slaughter nailed both free throws in the final seconds of Game 1 after grabbing a huge offensive rebound, sealing a 61-56 win. The game was tied at 56 apiece headed into the final minute. In Game 2, we saw something CB13 and WGS we haven't seen so far this season: A low-scoring first half, as the team's leading scorer went cold.
WGS overcame a slow start in the 61-47 win, in large part because they have multiple people on the roster who can step up on offense when needed. Bsmoove took over in the second quarter, and he helped turn a 5-point deficit at the end of the first quarter into a 2-point lead at halftime.
It was a full team effort in the second half, and WGS started to look more like themselves. They slowly pulled away for a double-digit victory in Game 2 and a series win.
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We're not accustomed to seeing that kind of performance from Warriors Gaming Squad this season, but they're happy to stay undefeated regardless.
WGS will have just one matchup in Week 3 against Lakers Gaming on Tuesday.
Warriors Gaming Squad continued their hot start to the season by earning the sweep in the best-of-three matchup against 76ers Gaming Club on Wednesday.
The series win improved the team’s record to 3-0 on the season, the first time the franchise has accomplished that feat.
76ers Gaming has been one of the best teams in the NBA 2K League for the past two seasons, but they’re off to a slow start this season and still are without a win (0-3).
After WGS went down 11-0 early in the first quarter, the rest of Game 1 and the series wasn’t very competitive. The Warriors blew out the 76ers in both games of the series.
The defense was on point all night for WGS. Led by Slaughter protecting the rim and Gradient blocking shots into the stands, the 76ers struggled to put up points.
The Warriors, once again, got a huge game on the offensive end from CB13 with 41 points, helping the Warriors cruise to a 73-57 win in Game 1.
Game 2 of the series wasn’t very close at any point. The score started to get ugly in the second half of the game.
WGS was doing whatever they wanted on both ends of the court.
Warriors Gaming Squad took Game 2 74-43, marking their biggest margin of victory in any game this season.
Slaughter put up some insane numbers marking career-highs in rebound and assists. The 26 rebounds in Game 2 of the series is the second-most in a single game in NBA 2K League history.
The Warriors look to extend their winning streak and perfect start to the season on Friday against Cavs Legion Gaming Club (1-2).