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Boo Painter was an unstoppable force for Wizards District Gaming (5-4) in their 88-78 win against Grizz Gaming (4-5) on Saturday.
The small forward out of Old Dominion played near-perfect basketball as a shot-creating slasher, facilitating the Wizards offense like a true NBA 2K League superstar. Although he allowed his assignment AuthenticAfrican to score 30 points and dish out 12 assists, he had his way with the Grizz Gaming defense, shooting 21-of-26 from the field for 45 points as well as earning the league’s second ever triple-double with 12 assists and 10 rebounds.
Boo did most of his work after the first quarter, as Grizz Gaming trotted out to a three-point lead entering the second. From there, Wizards District Gaming took the lead and never looked back, feeding the ball directly to Boo Painter who either slashed into the paint or dished it out to Demon JT, ReeseDaGod23 or Jin on the wings and perimeter. That trio combined for 41 points — four less than Boo Painter — and collectively shot 7-of-11 from downtown.
On offense, Grizz Gaming failed to keep up with the District Gaming scoring machine, missing 7-of-10 from three-point range while AuthenticAfrican struggled to keep pace. They had more opportunities to score in this game and even won the turnover battle, but unfortunately, it seemed as if it was Boo Painter’s game to lose.
Due to this game, both Wizards District Gaming and Grizz Gaming will settle into the middle of the pack for THE TICKET tournament, as they end the NBA 2K League’s second string of regular season games around the .500 mark.