16-0: Raptors Uprising cap off perfect regular season with sweep of Cavs Legion GC

TORONTO, Canada—Another milestone accomplished, but the job’s not finished.

Toronto’s professional NBA 2K League team became the first franchise to finish a regular season undefeated Friday evening, sweeping Cavs Legion GC (2-0 series) in their regular-season finale to record the team’s 16th straight victory.

“Honestly, you don’t really think about it,” said centre Sick One, looking back. “We knew that we could win every game on the schedule but we didn’t set out and say ‘okay we’re going to go 16-0.’”

“It speaks volumes,” added Kenny Got Work. “The league is on notice. We’ve been doing it all year—16-0, two banner chains—we’re just ready.”

Entering Friday’s matchup versus Cleveland (4-12), it did not matter that Raptors Uprising (16-0) had already clinched first place overall in the NBA 2K League standings. With a task still at hand, the team was all business.

That “no-nonsense” mentality shone through right away in Game 1 when Toronto jumped out to a 51-32 half-time lead thanks to some otherworldly shooting. Star point guard Kenny Got Work, shooting guard Timelycook, and rookie power forward Legit 973 did not miss a shot in the opening 12 minutes, combining to score 39 of Raptors Uprising’s 51 first-half points.

Refusing to take their foot off the gas pedal, a 25-11 run to begin the second half would put the opening game of the best-of-three series to bed, as Raptors Uprising would cruise to a (95-67) win in Game 1.

In fitting fashion, all five Raptors Uprising starters finished in double-digit scoring. The NBA 2K League leading scorer Kenny Got Work led the way with 41 points and nine assists, Timelycook added 12 points on a perfect five-for-five shooting, while Legit 973 poured in a career-high 19 points. His brother, Sick One, meanwhile, notched a 10-point, 10-rebound, 10-assist triple-double in his first game against his former team since being acquired from Cleveland via trade by midway through last season.

Speaking of former teams, 2019 Raptors Uprising first-round pick Doza was the lone bright spot for Cavs Legion against his former squad. The point guard, who was dealt from Toronto to Cleveland in exchange for a second-round pick in the offseason, scored 33 points and added eight assists in the losing effort.

With just one more game standing between them and a perfect regular season, the team from the North would go out in style.

After jumping out to an early eight-point lead, Toronto would outscore Cavs Legion in each of the four quarters, eventually taking Game 2 (90-47). The 47 points that Cleveland ended with was the lowest total that Raptors Uprising have allowed all season.

Even more impressive was the play of Kenny Got Work. The overwhelming favourite for the 2020 MVP award would outscore the entire Cavs Legion team on his own, finishing with 48 points, six assists, and five steals. The reigning NBA 2K League Player of the Month connected on 87.8 per cent (36-for-41) of his shots from the floor over the two games. Sick One, meanwhile, ended Game 2 two assists shy of recording his second-straight triple-double, adding 17 points, 12 rebounds, eight dimes, three steals, and three blocks.

The No. 1-seeded Raptors Uprising will now shift their focus to the $920,000 USD 10-team playoffs, which will run Aug. 19 through Aug. 29. As the No. 1 seed, Toronto will earn a bye into the quarter-finals.

It’s already been a remarkable 2020 campaign North of the border. In addition to a plethora of new records established, Raptors Uprising went undefeated through 27 matchups in all competitions, winning the only two in-season tournaments along the way: THE TIPOFF and THE TURN. They became the first team in the league’s three-year history to capture the first two tournaments of the season, taking home $192,000 in prize money so far for their efforts.

Toronto will unfortunately not get the opportunity to make it three-for-three in tournaments this year, however, as Raptors Uprising—having already clinched a playoff berth—will not be eligible to participate in THE TICKET Tournament, which runs next week (Aug. 13 to 15). Only teams seeded 10 to 23 will compete for the third banner of the year, with the winner earning the 10th and final Season 3 playoff spot.

UP NEXT: As mentioned, Raptors Uprising will have the week off before locking in for their highly anticipated postseason run (Aug. 19 to 29). As the No.1 seed, Toronto automatically earns a spot in the quarter-finals and will face the winner of NetsGC (8-8) and Hornets Venom GT (9-7), both of whom Toronto has beaten this season. For what it’s worth, no top seed has yet to make it past the first round of the NBA 2K League playoffs. But, in an unprecedented year, can Raptors Uprising keep doing unprecedented things? Stay tuned to find out; the job’s not finished, yet.