|Celtics Crossover Gaming||14||14||17||20||65|
|Warriors Gaming Squad||15||22||18||13||68|
Warriors Gaming Squad earned a big upset Friday, defeating Celtics Crossover Gaming by a score of 68-65.
Golden State (1-3) picked up their first win of the NBA 2K League regular season over a Boston (2-2) squad that appeared to be one of the best in the league, but it’s the way they won that was perhaps the most surprising bit of all.
Boasting a slim lead by the end of the first quarter, a mixture of high efficiency mid-range shots and expert ball movement helped Warriors GS maintain their lead at the end of every quarter. Save for a 13-4 third quarter rally in which the Celtics did eventually tie up the game, Warriors GS never wilted under the unrelenting pressure, making accurate and sound decisions throughout the contest.
Only a single turnover in the first half played a major part in Golden State earning a first half lead, but it was point guard LYKaPRO’s outstanding individual game which deserves the majority of the attention. Outplaying the No. 2 overall pick in the inaugural NBA 2K League draft, oFAB, LYKaPRO expertly controlled the tempo of the contest, stringing together a variety of dribble moves that allowed him to knife into the paint. Anytime Boston collapsed onto him, the fifth-round pick routinely hit the open wing player for an easy jumper, with Vert and Bsmoove becoming the main beneficiaries of the easy looks. LYKaPRO would finish the game with 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting to go along with 14 assists, while Vert and Bsmoove would combine for 41 points thanks to the litany of open jumpers.
Given the success Boston has had thus far during the 2K inaugural season, it’s easy to suggest Celtics Crossover Gaming played down to their opposition. However, that would do a disservice to the game Warriors GS put together, as Golden State was simply the better team Friday. They’ll look to carry that momentum into the first Mid-Season Tournament, which starts next week.