Pistons Gaming won both games of their doubleheader on Saturday night to clinch the final playoff spot in the NBA 2K league on the final night of the regular season.
The Pistons (16-12) claimed the fifth and final playoff berth in the Western Conference with 92-74 and 95-84 wins over Hawks Talon GC, who finished last in the East at 6-22.
The Pistons began the night tied for fifth with Blazer5 Gaming (15-13), who managed only a split of their two games against Mavs Gaming (9-19) and missed the playoffs. The Mavs took the first game 76-72, and the Blazers bounced back to win the second game 89-75.
The other two doubleheaders on the final night of the regular season also ended in splits.
Jazz Gaming (18-10) and Warriors Gaming Squad (17-11) began the night having already qualified for the third and fourth spots in the West. The Jazz won the first game 78-75, and the Warriors rebounded to win the finale 97-91.
Also, NetsGC (16-12) finished in a tie for fourth in the Eastern Conference with a split of two games with Bucks Gaming (6-22). The Bucks won the first game 85-83, and the Nets rallied in a big way in the second game, 137-113. In that game, Josh “Choc” Humphries piled up 58 points and 30 assists.
The Pistons jumped on the Hawks earlier in their first game, leading 52-22 at the half and never looking back. Ethan “Radiant” White finished with 31 points and 11 assists, and Ramo “Ramo” Radoncic scored 19 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and added six assists. Caesar “Ceez” Martinez carried the Hawks with 34 points and seven assists, and Levi “Lee” Lamb netted 16 points and 12 rebounds.
The Hawks proved tougher in the second game, trailing by only three at 68-65 at the end of the third quarter before the Pistons pulled away in the fourth. Idris “Idrisdagoat6” Richardson led the Pistons with 35 points, Dylan “Greenlight” Sanderson scored 25 with 12 assists, and Meason “Milo” Camille added 13 points, 14 rebounds and six assists. Ceez again led the Hawks with 36 points.
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 playoff teams.
x-1. Wizards District Gaming, 22-6
x-2. Hornets Venom GT, 19-9
x-3. Grizz Gaming, 18-10
x-T4. NetsGC, 16-12
x-T4. 76ers GC, 16-12
T6. Knicks Gaming, 14-14
T6. Gen.G Tigers, 14-14
- Magic Gaming, 13-15
T9. Celtics Crossover Gaming, 12-16
T9. Heat Check Gaming, 12-16
- Raptors Uprising GC, 9-19
- Hawks Talon GC, 6-22
x-1. T-Wolves Gaming, 21-7
x-2. Pacers Gaming, 20-8
x-3. Jazz Gaming, 18-10
x-4. Warriors Gaming Squad, 17-11
x-5. Pistons GT, 16-12
T6. Blazer5 Gaming, 15-13
T6. Kings Guard Gaming, 15-13
- Cavs Legion GC, 11-17
Mavs Gaming, 9-19
Bucks Gaming, 6-22
Lakers Gaming, 3-25
–Field Level Media
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