Déjà vu: Raptors Uprising break NBA 2K League scoring in win over Pacers Gaming

TORONTO, Canada—Complacency is not in this team’s vocab.

For the second time this season, Raptors Uprising GC set the NBA 2K League record for most points scored in a single game, sweeping Pacers Gaming (2-0 series) Thursday evening to improve to 13-0 in regular season play.

Despite coming off a bye week and having already clinched a playoff berth, Raptors Uprising would show little sign of rust, making it rain early in Game 1.

Before fans could blink, Pacers Gaming were in a hole as Toronto opened up an early 22-9 lead by the end of the first quarter. Dominating on the inside, centre Sick One would go on to notch a 16-point, 10-rebound double-double in the first half, as the first-place Raptors Uprising would carry a 22-point lead into the break.

The second half was more of the same, and that’s when the frontrunner for MVP this season decided to take over the game at point guard. On his own, Kenny Got Work would outscore the entire Pacers Gaming team in the third quarter, pouring in 19 points while Indiana managed just 15.

With just six minutes left on the clock and leading 74-41, the scoring record appeared to be out of reach (110, Bucks Gaming — June 30, 2020). But with the feat still within sight, Raptors Uprising would claw away, trying to once again add their name to record books.

After somehow, someway ReeceMode drew his side to within one point with just seconds on the clock, Toronto would grab a defensive rebound and chuck it down court, eventually finding a wide-open Timelycook who would go on to green a three just as time would run out; Raptors Uprising would set the NBA 2K League record in buzzer-beating fashion and take Game 1 (112-62).

Sick One finished the game—*takes breath*—putting up 26 points, 17 rebounds, eight assists, two steals, and four blocks on a perfect 13-for-13 shooting from the floor. His brother, Legit 973, had a night to remember as well, as the rookie would go on to record a career-high 16 points and six steals to go along with six assists in the win.

Kenny, meanwhile, was busy doing Kenny things, finishing Game 1 with 44 points and 10 assists.

Thursday was the second time this season Raptors Uprising set the NBA 2K League record for points scored in a single game. The team accomplished that feat on June 12, 2020 in a (109-51) win over Celtics Crossover Gaming before it was eclipsed by Bucks Gaming later in the month.

“I think you guys now have the record for most records […],” said MLSE Esports Manager Shane Talbot to his team after the game.

In Game 2, credit to Pacers Gaming who came out battling despite the demoralizing Game 1 result.

A large part of that was due to the formidable fight in former Blazer5 Gaming utility man Jomar, who was making his fourth start of the year at point guard. Twenty-five first-half points from the veteran would help Indiana cling to a one-point lead heading into the break.

Unfortunately for Pacers Gaming (4-10), they still had to go through a notorious Raptors Uprising third quarter, and the narrative remained unchanged: the team from the North would separate themselves from the pack, outscoring Indiana 26-16 in the frame to carry a nine-point lead into the fourth.

And if it wasn’t for Jomar snapping to the tune of 39 points, this contest likely would have finished a lot messier as Raptors Uprising would go on to take Game 2 comfortably (95-80).

“In Game 2, Jomar had a career night, and you guys are still able to do what you do in the third quarter: you ran away with it and they were behind, really, the entire second half,” said Talbot. “So, overall, just a really impressive sweep.”

Kenny Got Work led all Raptors Uprising scorers once again, eclipsing the 40-point plateau for the third-straight game, finishing Game 2 with 41 points and nine assists on seven-for-eight shooting from downtown. Sick One, meanwhile, added another double-double in the shape of 21 points and 14 rebounds as Toronto improved to 20-0 in all competition this season.

With three games left to play in the 2020 NBA 2K League season, Raptors Uprising (13-0) are now officially one win shy of tying Blazer5 Gaming’s record of 14 consecutive regular-season wins set last season. They’ll have to wait until July 29 to take a stab at it vs. Kings Guard Gaming in a rematch of THE TIPOFF finals.

UP NEXT: Raptors Uprising will begin their quest for their second tournament banner of the season next week at THE TURN (July 22-25). With an exact schedule still to be determined, the team will enter the single-elimination competition as the No. 1 seed. In the second tournament of the year, all 23 teams will compete towards a prize pool of $260,000 USD (first place – $117,000; second place – $52,000; third and fourth place – $22,100 each; fifth to eighth place – $11,700 each). Will Raptors Uprising flood the field again?