|Celtics Crossover Gaming||18||19||11||16||13||77|
|Kings Guard Gaming||19||10||18||17||8||72|
Celtics Crossover Gaming (6-5) got over the .500 hump by giving Kings Guard Gaming (3-7) their sixth-straight loss of the regular season to end the Friday night slate. In an overtime thriller, the Celtics pulled out the 77-72 victory by taking their 7-1 fourth quarter run into a successful extra period of play.
The first half was defined by a second quarter outburst from the Celtics where they went on an 18-9 run after being down 20-19. Both oFAB and ARS0NAL x were scoring in double-digits, with the former already earning a double-double with 10 points and 11 assists by the end of the first half. Out of the break, Kings Guard Gaming successfully brought themselves within one point of the Celtics lead by the end of the third quarter, leading by as much as six in the game’s waning minutes.
Throughout the game Profusion was able to use his speed and to get a more favorable defender on the perimeter despite his matchup timelycook breaking out the uncommon slashing defender archetype at small forward. This notably came into play for his long three-pointer that sent the game into overtime, where he juked out two defenders with the help of oFAB and knocked in a shot from near the half-court logo.
That score also gave Boston complete momentum in the extra period, as they scored five quick points and forced Sacramento to use a timeout. As the clock ticked towards the final minute of OT, timelycook threw in a jam and got the rebound on the Celtics’ next possession, but a missed shot from ColeWorld2K from the corner wound up being their last opportunity to snap their streak.
What followed was the longest 40 seconds of the game with both teams attempting to foul their way to victory, but the lead never changed hands in the resulting free-throw shootout.
This fast-paced contest produced three double-doubles for each side and over 120 attempts from the field, with Boston not having a single player score less than 12 points in a balanced offensive showing. The Kings’ leading scorers aside from timelycook were mootyy and worthingcolt, two players that failed to shoot better than 50 percent from the field.
With the victory, Celtics Crossover Gaming are still right in the thick of the NBA 2K League Playoff hunt, jockeying for position with five other teams who entered Week 9 with five wins each. Their next contest, a Friday night showdown with Pacers Gaming, should give them an idea of where they stand in the playoff picture heading into August and the end of the regular season.