THE TICKET Rewind - NBA 2K League


Take a look back at the week that was in the NBA 2K League with a collection of some of the best games, performances, highlights and more from around the 2KL world.

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Games of the Week

Warriors Gaming Squad 59, Pacers Gaming 49: Could THE TURN champs make it two in a row? In a nip-and-tuck through halftime, WGS came up with more defensive stops while hitting some big shots from outside to pull away and punch their ticket to the postseason. One of the league’s top defensive squads, the biggest reason for their victory came down to figuring out a way to slow Ramo. The Pacers Gaming big man had steamrolled through the tournament, but was held in check with just 12 points in the finale.

Warriors Gaming Squad 58, Magic Gaming 56: This semifinals matchup had more drama than the finals. The outcome wouldn’t be decided until the final minute, with WGS hitting their free-throws down the stretch to stay out in front. Magic Gaming made a valiant run through the tourney while feeding off the energy of the hometown Orlando crowd. They nearly advanced to their first tournament final, but WGS never allowed them to get a look at a potential game-tying 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter

Knicks Gaming 64, Cavs Legion GC 58 (OT): This will go down as one of the best games of the season. Trailing by eight points with under 30 seconds left, Knicks Gaming put together a furious stretch that featured a barrage of 3s and was capped by OriginalMalik’s 3-pointer with 1.4 seconds to go to force OT. The life had understandably been sucked out of Cavs Legion by the start of the extra session, which was a wild and defensive few minutes, eventually resulting in Knicks Gaming grinding out the win to move on to the semifinals.

Heat Check Gaming 53, Blazer5 Gaming 50: It’s not often a first-round matchup has the feel of a championship game. That’s exactly what happened in a game that pitted top-seeded Blazer5 against upstart Heat Check Gaming, who were riding the dominant play of Hotshot as well as a loud group of supporters. When the trash talk had tapered off and the dust had settled, it was Miami who came out on top. Blazer5 had opportunities late to extend the game into OT, but couldn’t convert from distance as the league’s first-place team fell yet again in the opening round of a tournament.

Raptors Uprising GC 50, Celtics Crossover Gaming 48: Just when it looked like Boston could be in the driver’s seat of the tournament after watching the top three seeds all go down before them, they went out and followed suit in a first-round upset. Raptors Uprising trailed by double-digits heading into the fourth quarter and used a huge 22-10 final frame to get it all back and then some. Sick x 973 provided the final blow, executing a perfect pick-n-roll with Kenny for the go-ahead dunk before CLTX Gaming turned it over on the next possession with a chance to tie.

Outstanding Performances

Ramo, Pacers Gaming (24.4 PPG, 3.4 APG, 1.4 SPG, 1.0 BPG) over five games: He was the best player in the tournament over the three days, putting on a clinic in how to play out of the post to carry his team to a finals appearance. Unfortunately, he was bottled up in the championship game, but it doesn’t take away from his overall performance.

Hotshot, Heat Check Gaming (32.0 PPG, 4.0 APG, 1.6 SPG) over three games: The tournament’s top scorer, Hotshot could seemingly not be contained on his post-scoring build. He led his upstart squad to the quarterfinals, scoring 35 of Heat Check’s 49 points in a narrow defeat to Magic Gaming.

Reizey, Magic Gaming (22.3 PPG, 9.0 APG) over three games: As important as point guard play is, none was better than he was this week. A two-point loss in the semifinals to WGS will sting, but Reizey and Magic Gaming should carry a ton a confidence out of the tournament.

Bsmoove, Warriors Gaming Squad (17.5 PPG, 13 3FGM, 1.0 SPG) over four games: Named tournament MVP, Bsmoove carried the scoring load on a team that gets solid contributions across the board. His biggest shot came in the quarterfinals, when he hit the game-winner to help WGS keep rolling on.

OriginalMalik, Knicks Gaming (23.0 PPG, 19 3FGM) over four games: He just might be the surprise of the tournament. Malik was deadly from distance, hitting countless big shots to pace Knicks Gaming. He’s the reason they made it all the way to the semifinals.

Type (10.7 PPG, 7.7 RPG, 2.7 SPG, 1.5 BPG) and Gradient, Warriors Gaming Squad (11.0 PPG, 3.0 SPG) over four games: These two spearhead one of the most ferocious defenses around. Gradient did his thing in continually harassing opposing point guards, while Type didn’t let anything past him in the paint on the way to the team’s second straight championship.

Must-See Plays

A comeback for the ages.

Get out of the way and let Hotshot go to work.

It’s still only worth three points.

Sick dunk, Sick.

Next time, don’t jump.

Ramo out here abusing the rim.

Handles for days.

Ice in his veins.

Fun with Numbers

2 — Tournament titles in the same season by Warriors Gaming Squad, a first in league history

3 — Wins by Knicks Gaming at THE TICKET, one more than their regular-season total to this point

4 — Top seeds suffering first-round upsets, with Blazer5 Gaming, Mavs Gaming, Nets GC and Celtics Crossover Gaming all going down

43 — Points by Ramo in Pacers Gaming’s quarterfinal victory over 76ers GC, a new season-high in the league

Meet The Champs

So nice, they did it twice.

Tweet of the Week

Who’s useless now?


“When the money is on the line, we lock in. One through five, we’re souped.” — Warriors Gaming Squad’s Bsmoove on his team winning consecutive tournament titles.

“We got the real Kings of New York on our team, me and Ramo.” — Pacers Gaming’s WoLF 74 amped up the trash talk ahead of a showdown against his hometown team, Knicks Gaming.