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The Mystics' playoff opponent was determined off one of the craziest endings you'll ever see

The Mystics' playoff opponent was determined off one of the craziest endings you'll ever see

It took until the final seconds of the Second Round of the WNBA Playoffs for the Washington Mystics to know their semifinals opponent. 

A ridiculous steal and desperation heave by Las Vegas Ace Dearica Hamby propelled the team to a victory over the Chicago Sky. The Aces now have a date with Washington in the next round.

As the clock was ticking down on potentially the final possession of the game, Las Vegas turned up the pressure on Chicago. With 14.6 seconds left and a two-point lead the Sky in-bounded the ball to Courtney Vandersloot. Chased, she hastily threw the ball up the court as Hamby made a phenomenal read on the ball for a steal. Stradling the sideline, she regained balance and lofted the game-winning shot with over five seconds left.

Watch it five times in a row and it still is unreal how it all played out.

Yes, it happened. The steal, followed by the bucket. No conservation of greatness there. Take another look.

After the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Seattle Storm in the earlier Second Round contest, the Mystics had to wait for the result of the No. 4 Aces- No. 5 Sky contest to know their semifinal fate. To get there, Las Vegas had to erase a 14-point second-quarter deficit. Liz Cambage led the way with 23 points. 

Results-wise, the Mystics had a favorable record against both the Sky and the Aces in the regular season. Top-seeded Washington took two out of three games against the Aces this year. However, Mystics-Aces games are known for being unconventional. One game was postponed mid-game because of an earthquake. Another matchup had a 20-minute delay due to the clocks shorting out.

The two squads will play a best-of-five series starting on Tuesday, Sept. 17.

Now, just go back to watching that game-clincher on loop because it is a true basketball treat. 

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Rui Hachmiura takes water break, uses real waterboy in NBA 2K20 Player Tournament victory

Rui Hachmiura takes water break, uses real waterboy in NBA 2K20 Player Tournament victory

He may have not been on an actual basketball court, but Rui Hachimura must have still broken a sweat during his NBA 2K matchup with Donovan Mitchell on Sunday.

He needed a real-life water break - and even had some help from a waterboy.

Hachimura, the 13 seed, took on four-seed Mitchell in the NBA 2K20 Player Tournament, and came out with a 74-71 victory. 

The winner of the tournament receives $100,000 to go to a charity in support of coronavirus relief efforts.

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Wizards continue win streak, beat Pacers in 2K simulation

Wizards continue win streak, beat Pacers in 2K simulation

The Wizards picked up their sixth-straight win in eight games in Sunday night’s NBA 2K simulation, beating the Indiana Pacers 67-51 on the road.  

Bradley Beal wasted no time getting things started, knocking down an early three to put the Wizards on the board.   

Later in the second, Beal proved just how difficult he is to guard. With an assist from Davis Bertans, Beal finished with a huge slam to lift the Wizards over the Pacers 30-28, closing out the half.

Beal finished the game with 23 points in 21 minutes. 

Here’s how the Wizards won: 

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Rui Hachimura shows off

The rookie set the tone with a big alley-oop dunk in the first quarter, extending Washington’s lead by seven. He had 12 points at the end of the first half with 10 in the paint. 

Hachimura came back fueled up in the third, knocking the ball loose from T.J. Warren with a steal and dunk. 

 

Hachimura finished with 20 points, four rebounds and three steals. 

Game of runs 

Washington took advantage of a set pace to take an early lead over Indiana. The Wizards started the game with both a 7-0 and 13-2 run in the first quarter. 

The Pacers used their defense to answer in the second, taking the lead on a 22-6 run before the Wizards followed with a 16-6 run to end the quarter 35-30 at the half.

It got pretty close early in the third when Indiana went on a 9-4 run to cut the lead to 39-38 but the Wizards were able to fully reload going on a 13-2 run.

The Wizards would go on to continue the run to 29-9 later in the fourth to extend the lead to 19 with 35 seconds left.  

Washington had 11 offensive rebounds, nine steals (eight of which came in the second half alone) and 21 assists on 27 made field goals. 

Big man in the paint

Thomas Bryant controlled the boards with 15 rebounds.

The 2K Wizards look to continue their winning streak as they return home to virtually host the Toronto Raptors, the reigning NBA champions on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. 

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