Blazer5 Gaming improved to 3-0 on the season following a 2-1 victory over Bucks Gaming on Tuesday.
However, Game 1 was equal parts historic and controversial.
Nidal "Mama Im Dat Man" Nasser put on a performance for the ages.
He scored 31 of Blazer5's 33 points in the first quarter, setting an NBA 2K League single-quarter scoring record.
Nasser's performance gave Blazer5 a 21-point lead after the first quarter, but he was just getting started.
Nasser scored another 13 points in the second quarter, and by the end of third quarter he had 71 points.
With one quarter left to play, Nasser was just 14 points away from breaking the single-game NBA 2K League scoring record. To make it more impressive, the record 84 points were scored in a double-overtime game, and Nasser was about to do it in regulation.
But Bucks Gaming decided to game the game, and prevent Nasser from setting the record.
The Bucks began to hold the ball, not trying to score at all, opting instead to willingly take shot clock violations. In doing so they limited the number of possessions Blazer5 had down the stretch, thus hurting Nassers chances of breaking the record. The tactics didn't sit well with fans or players around the 2K League.
Bucks losing by 40+, taking shot clock violations and calling timeouts. I get they don't want @MamaImDatMan_ breaking the record on them, but you can't go making a mockery of the league in the process. Bush league.— Chris Burkhardt (@CBurkhardtNBCS) May 26, 2020
Y’all really stole that moment from @MamaImDatMan_ but what’s more disgraceful is how an entire team full of “professionals” just give up on live TV. Holding the ball for 24 seconds and calling timeouts. Bunch of children that can’t take a loss. That was pathetic on ALL levels.— WINNER (@Winner_Stayz_On) May 27, 2020
No pride son— Yusuf_Scarbz (@Yusuf_Scarbz) May 27, 2020
Stunned.— DirK (@Dirk_JDR) May 27, 2020
pathetic— Dayne Downey (@OneWildWalnut) May 26, 2020
Ah @BucksGG, ya'll just gonna hold onto the ball like that?— Pinwheel Empire (@PinwheelEmpire) May 26, 2020
.@MamaImDatMan_ you got the record in my book, that was just sad to watch— Antonio Newman (@Newdini) May 27, 2020
Mama’s moment was really ruined tonight. That’s sickening bro. Greatness for the league turned into a embarrassment in one quarter.— John Fields (@DemonJT_) May 27, 2020
I’m sorry that moment was taken from you. You played an outstanding game🖤 @MamaImDatMan_— TRUTH (@EhTruth) May 27, 2020
Then you not only embarrass yourself and your org. You embarrass us as a whole on ESPN. it’s sad . Seriously .— Malik Hobson † (@OriginalMalik_) May 26, 2020
When it was all said and done, Blazer5 picked up the 105-62 victory in Game 1, and Nasser scored 77 points, a league record for points scored in regulation.
But you gotta play an entire series, so there was still work to be done.
Bucks Gaming, despite there unprofessional finish to Game 1, should be given credit for the way they bounced back in Game 2.
They looked nothing like the team that lost by 43 in Game 1. Instead, they rebounded in a big way to upset Blazer5 and force a decisive Game 3.
In Game 3, Blazer5 took care of business, leading most of the way and picking up the 71-65 victory to win the series and improve to 3-0 on the season.
No matter how the series played out, no one can get past what happened in Game 1.
History for Nasser was robbed by petty gaming tactics from Bucks Gaming. Lucky for Blazer5 and Nasser, the entire league was watching.
Bucks Gaming may have unintentionally made itself the arch-enemy of the entire league.
As for Blazer5, they once again showed why they are one of the best teams in the league and are nearly unstoppable when the reigning MVP gets going.
Can they keep the hot streak going and improve to 4-0?
We'll find out on Wednesday when they take on Knicks Gaming,
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