Knicks Gaming (3-7) broke their four-game losing streak by putting together a phenomenal 19-7 fourth quarter run on 76ers GC (6-3), upsetting the 3rd ranked team in the league 77-70.
Against 76ers GC, the Knicks Gaming archetypes were all primary sharpshooters outside of GOOFY 757. That included IdrisDaGoat6, who swapped positions with NateKahl and became a sharpshooting shot creating small forward. Despite running four sharpshooters, they struggled from three-point range, ending the game shooting 2-of-7 from downtown.
However, in spacing out the floor, the Knicks allowed GOOFY to work on Steez in the paint, scoring 17 points on 8-of-9 shooting in the first half. He would finish the game with a double-double — 33 points and 11 rebounds — and a 75 percent clip from the field.
Their fresh strategy helped them keep pace with the red-hot 76ers GC, who hit their first 10 out of 11 shots of the game. Knicks Gaming were only down by three points heading into the break, even with 76ers GC shooting close to 74 percent from the field.
After falling into a five-point hole at the end of the third quarter, Knicks Gaming made an 8-2 run to start the fourth, taking advantage of several sloppy passes from 76ers GC to tie the game at 68-68 with under 100 seconds left to play. Using a double team on Radiant after missing a defensive rebound, Knicks Gaming pulled into the lead by way of NateKahl chucking a hail mary to iamadamthefirst who got the and-one bucket. That proved to be the dagger, as 76ers GC only scored two more points in their last few possessions.
Although they shot better from the field, 76ers GC were unable to curb their turnover problem and lost the battle of the boards by three to Knicks Gaming. This loss will send them into the middle of THE TICKET seeding chart.
Meanwhile, Knicks Gaming may have just avoided THE TICKET’s play-in game with their first win of the second regular season trimester. They still have to see if Warriors Gaming Squad lose their final two games before the tournament in order to officially avoid the brutal pre-tournament test, but at the very least, this win will give them some confidence heading into the important mid-season event.