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It was deja vu for Wizards District Gaming (1-1) in their Week 2 matchup against Pacers Gaming (0-2), but unlike the opening week of the NBA 2K regular season, Washington was able to prevail thanks to a timely defensive block in the waning seconds of the contest, picking up their first win in a close 63-62 affair.
While it wasn’t a true back-and-forth contest, as Pacers Gaming maintained a small advantage throughout the majority of the second half, neither team was able to build any sort of substantial lead thanks to timely buckets and even better ball control.
It was the Boo Painter show to begin the game, as the Washington power forward immediately asserted his dominance in the paint, tallying 12 points in the first quarter alone to give his team the small edge entering the second quarter. That opened up the floor for small forward Jin to amass a litany of mid range jays, finishing the game with 21 points on 10-of-14 shooting.
But for every bucket by Boo Painter and Jin, Pacers Gaming would counter with a three-headed attack of their own, featuring WoLF 74, Swizurk and TuckerLocksUp. It was especially encouraging to see WoLF 74 back as a facilitating small forward, a role he performed to perfection throughout THE TIPOFF, given the team seemed to opt away from the archetype during its Week 1 contest. The small forward finished with 17 points and 11 assists, posting his first double-double of the regular season.
If WoLF passed up any open two pointers – a rarity given his nifty ability to create easy baskets for himself – he would continually feed the post to TuckerLocksUp, who finished with a career-high 23 points. The normally defensive-minded big man had his way with the Washington front court in the second half, piling in 15 points during the final 12 minutes to keep Pacers Gaming close the entire way. However, it was two missed points that will have Indiana looking for answers, as an inopportune dunk opportunity by TuckerLocksUp with only a second remaining was swatted away by a plethora of Wizards’ defenders, giving Pacers Gaming their second loss of the young season.