Celtics Crossover Gaming overcame a 10-point deficit to beat Magic Gaming 53-48 on Friday, clinching their ninth straight victory and moving to the verge of the NBA 2K League playoffs, as Week 11 action wrapped up in New York.
In other action Friday, Pacers Gaming dropped two critical games, losing 71-55 to 76ers GC and 75-67 to Hawks Talon GC, while NetsGC were routed 72-53 by Wizards District Gaming and 80-51 by Grizz Gaming.
Celtics Crossover trailed the Magic by 10 late in the second quarter and 26-18 at half, but they regained control by winning the third quarter 22-9. Terry "NO xAUTOGRAPHSx" Jackson finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Albano "oFAB" Thomallari totaled 11 points and 14 assists. Brendan "Reizey" Hill had 18 points and eight assists for the Magic, who dropped to 8-6.
The win improved the Celtics -- who started 1-5 -- to 10-5, tied for the third-best record with Kings Guard Gaming and the 76ers. They can clinch a playoff spot with a win in their final regular-season game on Thursday against the Pacers.
The Pacers entered Friday in fourth place at 8-4, but losses to the 76ers and Hawks Talon dropped them to a tie for the seventh-best record in the league. The seventh position is the final playoff spot.
Ethan "Radiant" White racked up game highs of 30 points and eight assists to lead the 76ers, who outscored the Pacers 40-28 in the second half. Ramo "Ramo" Radoncic led the Pacers with 19 points and five assists but committed three turnovers.
The win was the 76ers' third straight, improving their record to 10-5 and putting them one win from the playoffs, with a game against Cavs Legion GC next Friday.
Hawks Talon used a 26-15 edge in the third quarter to beat the Pacers, with Randolph "Rando" Moreno posting 23 points and seven assists, while Devon "Ars0nal X" Peek chipped in 19 points and 14 rebounds. Nick "Swizurk" Grech paced the Pacers with 17 points and six assists.
NetsGC's pair of losses put a damper on their playoff hopes as well, as they fell to 7-7.
The Wizards got 27 points from Maurice "ReeseDaGod" Delaney and 11 points and 14 assists from Isaac "Gilly" Gilton. The Nets were led by Isaiah "Wavy.zay" Hancock with 17 points and six assists in defeat.
The Grizzlies overcame a nine-point deficit at the end of the first quarter deficit by outscoring the Nets 71-33 the rest of the way in their win. Mehyar "AuthenticAfrican" Ahmed-Hassan led the way with 27 points, 11 rebounds and six steals, while Nathaniel "NateKahl" Kahl and Joel "Lav" Lazu each had 19 points for the Nets.
One week remains in the regular season, with 13 teams still battling to claim the last five available playoff berths. The top seven teams in the standings, plus the winner of "The Ticket" tournament (Warriors Gaming Squad), will qualify for the postseason.
NBA 2K League standings ("x" denotes teams that have clinched a playoff berth; "o" denotes teams that are eliminated from playoff contention)
x-1. Blazer5 Gaming, 14-1
x-2. Mavs Gaming, 11-4
3. Kings Guard Gaming, 10-5
4. 76ers GC, 10-5
5. Celtics Crossover Gaming, 10-5
6. T-Wolves Gaming, 9-6
7. Pacers Gaming, 8-6
8. Magic Gaming, 8-6
9. Cavs Legion GC, 8-7
10. Bucks Gaming, 8-7
11. Grizz Gaming, 7-7
12. NetsGC, 7-7
x-13. Warriors Gaming Squad, 7-8
14. Raptors Uprising GC, 7-8
15. Wizards District Gaming, 6-8
16. Jazz Gaming, 6-8
o-17. Heat Check Gaming, 5-9
o-18. Hawks Talon GC, 5-9
o-19. Knicks Gaming, 3-11
o-20. Lakers Gaming, 3-12
o-21. Pistons GT, 1-14
--Field Level Media