Blazer5 Gaming capitalized on the mistakes of Kings Guard Gaming to pick up a 94-91 double overtime win to close out Week 10 of the NBA 2K League, locking up the No. 1 seed heading into the playoffs.
It was no surprise that this game was incredibly close, but the way Blazer5 (11-1) managed to take down the Kings (3-8) was quite the surprise. The teams had battled back and forth during the entire game, setting up a furious finish that ended up being one of the most exciting of the entire season.
While the Kings had plenty of chances to win this game, the mistakes piled on and eventually squashed any hope the team had at ending the massive losing streak it was on. As regulation wound down, the Kings had the ball for what should have been the final shot, but missed an awkward runner in the paint, leaving just over two seconds on the clock. Thankfully, they came up with a block on Blazer5’s final shot attempt to send the game into overtime.
The first overtime proceeded much like the rest of the game, with things ended up close in the final moments. This time around, though, the Kings had a four-point lead with under a minute left when ColeWorld2K, who put up 22 points on 6-of-10 shooting from downtown, flung up a pair of questionable threes that rang off the rim. Blazer5 grabbed the rebound on the second shot, went down the court, and got an easy layup to cut the lead to just two points. SAFiya4ya then turned the ball over on the ensuing inbound to give Blazer5 the ball once more with a chance to tie. Portland took advantage of this and sent the game into a second overtime on a buzzer beater layup.
Tempers were flaring on the side of Kings Guard as Blazer5 kept calm and ran up the score in the second overtime, taking a quick 90-82 lead. The Kings did close the gap to three points by the end of the game, but the result was almost never in doubt. Mama Im Dat Man garnered MVP honors with a 29-point, 24-assist double-double that powered Portland to this big win.