Wizards District Gaming earned a split with Knicks Gaming on Thursday night to keep a foothold on first place in NBA 2K League’s Eastern Conference.
The Knicks rebounded from a sweep the night before and played the Wizards tough, winning 75-72 before dropping a tight one, 73-71, in Week 9 action.
John “JBM” Mascone had a huge night for the Wizards, scoring 29 in the loss and posting 39 in the win. The Knicks’ Christopher “Duck” Charles nearly matched JBM point for point, scoring 27 in the first and 31 points in his team’s loss to the Wizards.
The Wizards (19-5) still own a two-game lead over idle Hornets Venom GT (17-7).
In other action, Warriors Gaming Squad swept Kings Guard Gaming, Pistons GT swept Bucks Gaming and Magic Gaming took two from Celtics Crossover Gaming.
The Warriors defeated the Kings 71-67 and 81-66 to remain in fourth place in the West.
The Pistons destroyed the Bucks 94-64 in the opener and then won a tight one, 83-81.
The Magic defeated the Celtics 79-72 and 76-70.
The NBA 2K League regular season runs through Aug. 14, with 12 teams in the Eastern Conference and 11 in the Western Conference. The top five teams from each conference advance to the playoffs.
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 9 play continues Friday with four doubleheaders:
–Mavs Gaming vs. Jazz Gaming
–T-Wolves Gaming vs. Cavs Legion GC
–76ers GC vs. Blazer5 Gaming
–Grizz Gaming vs. Gen.G Tigers
NBA 2K League standings (top five teams from each conference reach the playoffs, with two more berths to be determined by The Ticket tournament)
1. Wizards District Gaming, 19-5
2. Hornets Venom GT, 17-7
3. 76ers GC, 13-7
4. Grizz Gaming, 15-9
5. NetsGC, 15-11
T6. Knicks Gaming, 13-13
T6. Gen.G Tigers, 11-11
8. Magic Gaming, 12-14
9. Celtics Crossover Gaming, 10-12
10. Heat Check Gaming, 10-14
11. Raptors Uprising GC, 9-17
12. Hawks Talon GC, 6-18
1. T-Wolves Gaming, 18-6
2. Pacers Gaming, 19-7
3. Jazz Gaming, 15-9
4. Warriors Gaming Squad, 16-10
5. Pistons GT, 12-10
T6. Kings Guard Gaming, 13-13
T6. Blazer5 Gaming, 11-11
8. Cavs Legion GC, 7-15
9. Mavs Gaming, 6-16
10. Bucks Gaming, 4-18
11. Lakers Gaming, 3-21
–Field Level Media