Outplayed for essentially three quarters, Blazer5 Gaming (7-1) put together a hellacious run Wednesday in the final eight minutes and change to score a 61-53 victory over Raptors Uprising GC (2-4) to kick off Week 6 of the NBA 2K League.
For a team competing to be considered among the best in the NBA 2K League, Blazer5 Gaming certainly didn’t look up to the task against the lowly Raptors squad that had won just four games (including tournaments) entering Wednesday’s matchup.
An eight-point first quarter put Blazer5 Gaming in a hole early, with point guard Mama Im Dat Man representing the only points of the first six minutes for Portland. The team would put together a little more offensive in the second quarter but struggled to stop a clearly more energetic Raptors offense, as Uprising GC sported a stunning seven-point lead heading into the break.
It really wasn’t until midway through the third quarter that Blazer5 Gaming finally displayed the type of offensive explosiveness that many have come to expect, with none other than first-quarter hero, Mama Im Dat Man, able to save the day.
The point guard and perhaps leading MVP candidate through six weeks continued his assault on the NBA 2K League, finishing the contest with 22 points (7-15 FG, 4-7 3Pt), 11 assists, two rebounds and two steals, with 14 of those points coming in the second half.
An absurd off-balanced fadeaway three by Mama midway through the fourth quarter gave Blazer5 Gaming their first lead since 4:21 in the first quarter, and the team essentially never looked back from that point forward. The entire front court of Portland (KinG PeroXide, Jomar12 PR and OneWildWalnut) accounted for 37 of the team’s point, but no one individual truly stood out – at least compared to past dominating games.
Then, Blazer5 Gaming (8-1) picked up a hard-fought 56-48 win against Celtics Crossover Gaming (1-5) on Wednesday during Week 6 of the NBA 2K League.
It’s hard to illustrate just how good Blazer5 point guard Mama Im Dat Man has been for this team. With fellow superstar and reigning league MVP OneWildWalnut not playing well by his standards, putting up eight points and 10 rebounds, Mama put the team on his back. The self-proclaimed “best player in the fourth quarter” and perceived MVP frontrunner scored 17 points, including a game-sealing three pointer with 24 seconds left in the game, while picking up 11 assists, two rebounds and three steals. Mama had some help in the form of KinG PeroXide, who was streaky from behind the arc but put up 17 points on 50 percent shooting from the field. Daveed 3x played well, scoring six points, picking up six boards and five steals, while Lavishphenom put in eight points while keeping oFAB in check. While this game was close, Blazer5 proved that they are one of the teams to beat in the league and why so many consider them the best in the game.