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Survived. There’s no other word to describe how Blazer5 Gaming maintained their 2K League regular season win streak, narrowly beating Warriors Gaming Squad 64-61 to conclude Week 6.
Given Warriors GS (1-5) entered Saturday’s game at the bottom of the NBA 2K League standings while Blazer5 Gaming (7-0) sat atop of the 2K hierarchy, it was almost expected that Blazer5 would run away with the contest. That quickly became an aberration, as Warriors GS maintained a small lead from the tip-off, keeping the game close throughout the first three quarters.
It’s easy to suggest Blazer5 Gaming was simply sluggish, as THE TURN champions didn’t have the same sort of spunk fans have come accustomed to seeing. Whether it was the lack of defensive pressure near the paint (Blazer5 Gaming finished with four blocks, all of which came during the second half) or an uncommonly poor performance from Lavish_phenom (0-for-4 from the field), it was obvious Blazer5 Gaming was “off” their game. But give credit to Warriors Gaming Squad for capitalizing on the opportunity. Relying on solid ball movement and terrific rebounding, Warriors GS seemed to stop any sort of momentum their opposition garnered, trading three pointers and steals consistently throughout the opening 18 minutes.
Even in the fourth quarter, when Blazer5 Gaming finally managed to gain a lead, Warriors GS continued to keep it close, spreading the ball around to create open buckets. Unfortunately for Warriors Gaming Squad, an overreliance on the three-point game coupled with a ghastly turnover differential ultimately made the upset too difficult to pull off. Having connected on 5-of-9 three-point shots in the first half, Warriors GS would unravel in the final 12 minutes, making just 2-of-12 from beyond the arc. Considering those 12 three-pointers accounted for 40 percent of the team’s second half shots, it’s no wonder Blazer5 Gaming was able to rally back late in the fourth quarter. Given Warriors GS turned the ball over 15 times in the game, it’s almost a testament to their strong rebounding and lockdown post defense that they were even in the game at all.
If not for an outstanding performance once again from point guard Mama Im Dat Man, who registered 25 points on 8-of-16 shooting, including 3-of-6 from three-point land, nine assists and two steals, Portland’s undefeated streak would have been over as the rest of the team was unable to live up to the lofty standards they’ve set for themselves recently. Saturday’s nail-biter could wind up being a wakeup call for Blazer5, and considering their Week 7 opponent comes in the form of a feisty Celtics Crossover Gaming (4-4) squad, it’s a perhaps a good thing this Saturday’s game came down to the wire. Warriors Gaming Squad will have an equally difficult task next week when they square off against 76ers GC (5-2).