10 in a row: Raptors Uprising remain perfect in NBA 2K League after easing by Magic Gaming

TORONTO, Canada—Raptors Uprising GC are making it look easy.

On Tuesday, Toronto’s professional NBA 2K League team picked up their 10th-straight win, defeating Magic Gaming (2-0 series) to tie the league record for best start to a season (Mavs Gaming – 2019).

Raptors Uprising (10-0), who wanted to get off to a hot start against Magic Gaming (2-6), came out of the gates flying in the first game of the evening.

Willing to make the extra pass, Toronto would move the ball around until they got their shot, refusing to settle for anything contested. As a result, the team would string together an early 15-0 run and continue to build off that, eventually taking Game 1 by 40 points (101-61).

Led by MVP frontrunner Kenny Got Work, Raptors Uprising would have their best shooting performance of the season in the win, connecting on 80 per cent (40-for-50) of their shots from the floor and a near-perfect 90.5 per cent from three (19-for-21). The team also recorded 34 assists, their second highest total all year.

Kenny, himself, was perfect from long range, finishing seven-for-seven from downtown to go along with 39 points and 14 assists, while ReeceMode added 26 and eight assists. Timelycook, meanwhile, who leads the league in steals, finished with six more pickpockets and 23 points of his own.

“All of us just play for each other and we all have one goal in mind: to win,” said Legit 973. “No player is selfish, everyone trusts each other, and everyone knows that everybody else can play their role to a T, so we just come out and hoop.”

Orlando would come out with a bit more fight on the defensive end in Game 2, forcing Raptors Uprising to miss seven shots in the opening quarter. Despite the slow start, and 15 points from 2019 Rookie of the Year Reizey, Toronto only trailed by two at the end of one.

Unfortunately for Reizey, who ended up finishing with 40 points, that’d be the last time Orlando would hold the lead as Kenny Got Work would take over in the second quarter. Eighteen points from the Raptors Uprising point guard in the frame helped put Toronto back on top, as the team from the North would carry a 46-39 lead into the half.

While Magic Gaming kept things respectable in the second half, the offense of Raptors Uprising prove to be too much for Orlando to handle, as Toronto would go on to take Game 2 (90-73).

Kenny, who played facilitator down the stretch, would finish the game with 38 points, 12 assists, and five steals, while centre Sick One added another double-double, finishing with 10 points, 11 rebounds, and seven assists.

Timelycook, who was automatic from the left corner, would also come up with another big game, chipping in with 20 points, three steals, while missing just one shot from the floor.

With the win, Toronto increases their lead atop the NBA 2K League standings to an impressive 4.5 games with just six games remaining on their schedule. They’ve now won 17-straight series in all competitions after winning THE TIPOFF tournament last week.

Despite their seemingly casual authority over the rest of the league, the team is still hungry to finish the season just as strong as they started.

“We know that there’s still much more money on the line, and we have a bigger goal in mind: we really want to win the championship,” said Legit 973. “We want to win THE TURN also, but I think the championship is the main goal.”

UP NEXT: Raptors Uprising will have the opportunity to set the NBA 2K League record for best start to a season in a rare Monday game when they take on another Florida team in Heat Check Gaming (9 p.m. EST). Like Orlando, Miami has not lived up to expectations in their third year in the league, as the team has gotten off to just a 1-5 start. They play two games in Week 7 before facing the hottest team in the league, so we’ll see if they can build any momentum before Monday’s matchup.