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NBA 2K League 'Three For All Showdown' starts second stage Tuesday night

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NBA 2K League 'Three For All Showdown' starts second stage Tuesday night

The "Three For All Showdown," a NBA 2K League run three-on-three tournament, has kicked off the second stage of play Tuesday night.

This stage consists of an XBOX and PS4 bracket featuring 2K League and fan-organized teams, WNBA players, NBA G League players, NFL players, top female 2K players and social media influencers.

In the first part of the tournament, fans from all over competed online for their spots into the tournament. Now, it's time to see who from the world of gaming and entertainment can advance.

Here's how the Xbox and PS4 brackets will look in the tournament:

Kings Guard Gaming was first up Tuesday night, with their game in the Xbox bracket at 5 p.m. PT. Fresh off their undefeated 8-0 tournament win in the "Coast to Coast Cup," Kings Guard advanced with a 2-0 series win.

Warriors Gaming Squad has a team in both the XBOX and PS4 bracket.

WGS will play their first game in the XBOX bracket at 8 p.m. PT against Utah Jazz Gaming.

Golden State Warriors ties are strong in this tournament, not just with the two WGS teams, but also with Isaiah Reese, a member of the Santa Cruz Warriors, who will be on team Cruz Sky Clips in the PS4 bracket. Former Warriors player Nate Robinson also is featured in the tournament with his team BFAM.

You also can catch five WNBA players scattered throughout the three-on-three tournament as well.

All of the action will take place from March 31 through April 3. Teams will be playing for a share of the $25,000 prize pool.

Kings Guard Gaming sets NBA 2K League record on way to win over Jazz Gaming

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Kings Guard Gaming sets NBA 2K League record on way to win over Jazz Gaming

Kings Guard Gaming had quite an eventful night on Thursday while on their way to a win against Jazz Gaming and a 4-2 season record.

Not only did the Kings break an NBA 2K League record for the fewest amount of points given up in the first half of Game 1, but they also hit a game-winning shot with just seconds left in Game 2.

The Jazz, now 1-1, never really stood a chance in the first game, losing to the Kings 77-30. Most of that work was done in the first two quarters.

Kings Guard jumped out to a 17-1 run to start the game and it was smooth sailing after that. The Kings' defense held the Jazz to just seven points in the first half. Jazz Gaming had a hard time getting a shot up and when they did, the Kings' defense was suffocating shooters causing missed shot after missed shot.

Often times, no matter the sport, when a team is completely blown out in one game, they come out hot and ready to bounce back in the next. That's exactly what Jazz Gaming did in Game 2.

The Jazz held the lead for most of the game before the Kings made yet another incredible comeback and won 62-60 on a game-winning dunk by DatBoyShotz.

There was still 3.9 left on the clock after that dunk, but the Kings' defense stood up to hold on for the game and series win.

Kings Guard Gaming's team defense, led by Yusuf_Scarbz who was named to the All-Defense team last season, is proving to be one of the best in the league and a tough matchup for any opponent.

The defense will be put to the test next week when they face Blazer5 Gaming, currently sitting at a perfect 4-0.

Bash shows he belongs on Kings Guard Gaming through heroics, hot start

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Bash shows he belongs on Kings Guard Gaming through heroics, hot start

It all came down to one possession in Kings Guard Gaming's 60-58 win over Grizz Gaming on Friday. 

Kings Guard trailed by one point with 1.1 seconds remaining in the second game of a best-of-three series. They had the ball, and a chance at a game-winning -- and series-clinching -- shot.

Bash, the point guard, stood at the top of the arc and ran right. Drawing his defender into a screen, he cut back in the opposite direction, received the in-bound pass and pulled up for a 3-point shot.

A perfect shot.

A game-winning shot, the first of his NBA 2K League career.

His controller didn't stay in his hands much longer.

You probably wouldn't believe it if someone told you last season that Matt Robles, aka Bash, would come up clutch.

After all, he wasn't even drafted last season. Seventy-five selections were made across four rounds, and Robles' gamer tag wasn't called.

Now, he's out to prove them all wrong.

"I use it as motivation," he told NBC Sports Bay Area in an interview Thursday, prior to his game-winning heroics. "I was undrafted last year and I feel like I, 100 percent, could’ve helped a lot of teams last year that needed point guards. I feel like I could’ve been that person. So this year is my year to show people you missed out. I could’ve helped your team."

Kings Guard wouldn't make the same mistake twice. They drafted Bash with their second first-round pick (No. 17 overall) in February's draft.

"I feel like a lot of people doubted me, people slept on me from before the league," he said. "The day I heard my name get called people were like ‘Who’s that? Why is he being drafted so high?’ "

With his game-winning shot Friday and impressive numbers through the first three weeks of his rookie season, Bash is answering all the questions.

The point guard is averaging 20.7 points in 12 games over five separate series, leading Kings Guard to a 3-2 record.

Bash has always been known as a scorer. Even before he was drafted, people familiar with his game knew Bash as a shooting guard with an elite scoring touch.

What people and teams weren't sure about was if he could run the point.

"People knew my name before the League, they thought, 'he’s gonna score the ball, make him pass. If we make him pass, that’s where he’s not as comfortable,' " Bash said. "So coming into the league, now it’s like, I’m drafted as a point guard, so I can’t be known as that guard that’s just like, 'Alright, he’s just gonna score the ball and that’s it.' What I did was I watched a lot of other PGs play, to see the certain things they would do to break down defenses."

That studying seems to be paying off for Bash, who's averaging just over six assists per game.

Kings Guard Gaming has a lot of room to grow with Bash and two other rookies, Crush and Nasthetic, filling out half of the six-player roster. They've had an up-and-down start to the season, alternating series wins and losses over the first two weeks as a result.

They blew teams out, but they also have been blown out. Kings Guard have pulled off huge comebacks, but they've also given up big leads.

That's par for the course for a team with so many rookies. Mix in the the fact that all these games are being played remotely, which the league has never done before, and Kings Guard's 3-2 series record over the first three weeks is really solid.

With all of that said, Bash isn't settling for the way the team is playing right now. He believes they can, and will, get better as the season goes on.

"I feel like right now we’re not playing bad, but we’re not playing like ourselves," he said. "We’re not playing at the level we all know we can play at. I feel like we’re a top team, championship contender top team. As long as we limit our turnovers and keep trusting each other on defense, the way we do, I like our chances."

There's still a lot of season left to play. The NBA 2K League will continue to be played remotely through Week 6, but what happens next is still unknown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Whether they're playing together in-person or online, Bash and Kings Guard will aim to continue developing into one of the NBA 2K League's best teams.