Pistons GT overcame a slow start to pick up a crucial 64-61 win over Kings Guard Gaming to open Week 8 of the NBA 2K League on Friday.
Coming out of the gate, Kings Guard (3-6) looked to be in full control over their game, racking up an early 13-5 lead. The lead was a bit short-lived, however, as Pistons GT (6-3) eventually found their groove and began to chip away at the advantage as the first quarter progressed. By the end of the opening six minutes where Kings Guard led 15-11, it was a battle between timelycook of the Kings and Lets Get It Ramo of the Pistons, as both tallied seven points in the opening frame.
Once the second quarter got underway, however, it was all Pistons GT, all the time. Early into the quarter, they found themselves in the lead and never looked back. They outscored Kings Guard 36-26 in the second and third quarters, which was all they needed to keep this game out of reach. Kings Guard did try to make things interesting in the fourth quarter when Mootyy hit a couple of big threes to close the game in the final two minutes, but each time, Pistons GT wasted no time marching right up the floor and knocking down clutch baskets. The biggest of those clutch baskets came from Im So Far Ahead when he nailed a jumper from just inside the three-point line to put his team up 64-58 with 48 seconds left in the game. That was all Pistons GT needed to secure this win.
Pistons GT might have come away with the win, but it certainly wasn’t easy. They had to overcome a Kings Guard Gaming squad that saw four members score in double-digits, with timelycook leading the way at 20 points. An over reliance on outside shooting ended up being Kings Guard’s doom, however, as they shot just 9-of-22 from beyond the arc. Pistons GT capitalized on this with the trio of Im So Far Ahead, Rux, and Lets Get It Ramo putting up a combined 48 of the team’s 64 points in the win. It certainly didn’t help that both iiNsaniTTy and JosephTheTruth added in eight points each to round things out.
With the win, Pistons GT should have no problem securing a top seed for next week’s THE TICKET, while Kings Guard could be looking at a tough road during the second and final mid-season tournament.