Fifth-place 76ers GC, after losing 83-81 to Heat Check Gaming 83-81 to tip off the NBA 2K League slate of games Thursday, rallied to take the second game 80-74 and clinch an Eastern Conference playoff berth.
The top five teams in each conference earn playoff bids, and the 76ers (16-12) join Wizards District Gaming (22-6), Hornets Venom GT (19-9) and Grizz Gaming (18-10) in wrapping up playoff berths from the East.
Two teams in the West, T-Wolves Gaming (21-7) and Pacers Gaming (19-7), also have sealed postseason positions.
Heat Check Gaming held on late to win their Thursday opener. They were paced to victory by Brian “Killeyy” Diaz, who scored 28 points and dished five assists. Andre “Dre” Marshall exploded for 40 points and 14 assists for the losing team.
It was a different story in the second game, as the 76ers shot out to a 27-21 lead after one quarter and then made the six-point margin stick. Dre again paced his squad, amassing 39 points and 15 assists. Teammate Dayne “OneWildWalnut” Downey poured in 30 points, 15 rebounds and four assists from the center position.
In other Thursday action, Celtics Crossover Gaming lost twice to Cavs Legion GC, 79-68 and 87-81.
Hornets Venom GT defeated Bucks Gaming 95-73 before dropping the rematch 82-76. Meanwhile, T-Wolves Gaming had no problem sweeping Lakers Gaming, 80-61 and 96-73.
The season includes three tournaments: The Tipoff (May 19-22, won by T-Wolves Gaming), The Turn (July 14-17, won by Hornets Venom GT) and The Ticket (Aug. 19-21). The Ticket will include the 13 teams that didn’t automatically qualify for the postseason, and the event’s top two finishers will earn playoff berths.
Early rounds of the playoffs are scheduled for Aug. 26-28, and the championship match will be Sept. 4.
Week 10 play continues Friday with four doubleheaders:
–Knicks Gaming vs. Blazer5 Gaming
–Kings Guard Gaming vs. Lakers Gaming
–Hawks Talon GC vs. Gen.G Tigers
–Pacers Gaming vs. Pistons GT
The Knicks need to sweep Blazer5 to keep alive their playoff hopes.
NBA 2K League standings (top five teams from each conference reach the playoffs, with two more berths to be determined by The Ticket tournament). “x” denotes teams that have clinched playoff spots.
x-1. Wizards District Gaming, 22-6
x-2. Hornets Venom GT, 19-9
x-3. Grizz Gaming, 18-10
4. NetsGC, 15-11
x-5. 76ers GC, 16-12
6. Knicks Gaming, 13-13
7. Magic Gaming, 13-15
8. Gen.G Tigers, 12-14
9. Celtics Crossover Gaming, 12-16
10. Heat Check Gaming, 12-16
11. Raptors Uprising GC, 9-19
12. Hawks Talon GC, 6-18
x-1. T-Wolves Gaming, 21-7
x-2. Pacers Gaming, 19-7
3. Jazz Gaming, 17-9
4. Warriors Gaming Squad, 16-10
T5. Pistons GT, 13-11
T5. Blazer5 Gaming, 13-11
7. Kings Guard Gaming, 13-13
8. Cavs Legion GC, 11-17
9. Mavs Gaming, 8-18
10. Bucks Gaming, 5-21
11. Lakers Gaming, 3-23
–Field Level Media
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