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It took an extra frame, but Wizards District Gaming held serve, evening Pool B at 1-1 across the board with an overtime victory over Knicks Gaming 81-76.
In a drastic change of pace from the previous three games, both Wizards District Gaming and Knicks Gaming showcased a dramatic, fast-paced tempo in the first quarter as the teams combined for 18 points in a matter of minutes. Focusing heavily on the inside duo of GOOFY 757 and Idrisdagoat6, Knicks Gaming found itself with a comfortable lead towards the end of the first quarter, with both players capitalizing on a handful of pick-and-rolls from point guard iamadamthe1st.
Wizards Gaming wouldn’t trail too far behind, however, as the team’s first two picks of the 2018 NBA 2K League Draft, JT Demon and Boo Painter, carried the unit for large stretches of the first half, finishing with 16 of the team’s 27 first-half points. Given Wizards Gaming was 4-for-11 from three-point range to end the first half, they had to be happy to be down 34-27 at half.
It was a tale of two halves for the Wizards, thankfully, as the long-range shots finally began to fall in the third quarter. Boo Painter’s first half dominance seemed to open up the rest of the court, as time and again District Gaming would find open looks through kickouts. Jin wound up being the main beneficiary of the relaxed coverage, as his eight point third quarter opened the door for Wizards District Gaming to slingshot into a two-point lead.
This time it was Knicks Gaming forcing shots and missing three points, as the potent low-post attack that was so successful earlier in the contest found itself stymied time and again. A handful of offensive rebounds and putbacks from Idrisdagoat6 helped the Knicks stay close, but a barrage of transition three pointers from Jin and the rest of Wizards District Gaming seemed to put the game away as the team held a commanding 58-49 advantage with only three minutes left to play.
That set the stage for a frenetic and entertaining final sequence of events, with the Knicks storming back to force overtime. First it was a series of turnovers that freed up transition buckets to cut the lead in half. Then it was multiple three pointers from iamadamthe1st, only for JT Demon to answer right back and even things up. A big block from GOOFY would set the stage for a transition three to put the Knicks up 68-65, but a critical miscue by Idris would allow xGreatxGilly13 a tying three pointer with 10 seconds remaining. All told, the final three and a half minutes would see both teams combine for 31 points in a wild affair. It would also mark the first time three members of a team had scored over 20 points in an NBA 2K League contest, as Wizard District Gaming’s Demon JT (21), Great Gilly (21) and Boo Painter (21) all hit the mark.
While the overtime period couldn’t match the same intensity, as Wizards District Gaming never trailed during the extra frame, Wednesday’s 81-76 win was certainly one of the most climatic bouts of THE TIPOFF thus far.