KingQuai614 had a record-breaking 11 steals en route to the NBA 2K League’s first triple-double of the season, while TsJosh chipped in a career-high 26 points, as Raptors Uprising stormed past defending champions Knicks Gaming (79-52) to wrap up their 2019 season on a positive note.
Less than a second remained on the clock when KingQuai614 knocked down a mid-range jumper while three Knicks Gaming players contested his shot, securing the league’s first triple-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds, and a new NBA 2K League-high 11 steals.
“It was great to see,” said Raptors Uprising Coach Ognjen Micic. “We were in sync as a team on the defensive end. KingQuai614 is a player that can give you a little bit of everything. Him being the only player to notch a triple-double in season two shows it’s not an easy thing to pull off.”
— Raptors Uprising GC (@RaptorsGC) July 19, 2019
The Raptors Uprising big man was all over the court, stealing everything Thursday evening in his first start at centre since Toronto acquired his frontcourt partner Sick x 973 prior to Week 5, who shifted to power forward in lieu. KingQuai614 had nine steals through three quarters while Raptors Uprising continued to pour it on offensively.
The 79 points Toronto put up was a season-high, as four-out-five Toronto starters finished in double-digits. TsJosh, who lined up as a defensive pure lockdown archetype, exploded offensively to put up a career-high 26 points on 12-of-18 shooting from the floor. In fact, leading scorer Kenny Got Work was the only Raptors Uprising player to fall short of the double-digit plateau — and he fell just short — ending the night with nine points and eight assists at point guard.
“I think we were due for a game like that,” said Coach Ogi after the win. “I told my guys right before tip off that we needed to start strong. When you’re not trying to climb your way back into a game, you allow yourself to play with more freedom. When you’re down big in the second half, you put yourself in a position where you have to play almost perfect to pull off the win.”
Knicks Gaming (5-11) would’ve had to play almost perfect in the second half to give themselves a chance, as Toronto’s commitment to finishing the season strong was too much for New York to handle.
Entering Thursday’s game on a mini two-game win streak and playing some of their best basketball of the year, Knicks Gaming were simply overwhelmed by Raptors Uprising from the get-go, thus producing a season-worst 33 turnovers.
G O O F Y 7 5 7 was the lone bright spot for New York. The talented centre, who entered Thursday’s game leading the NBA 2K League in rebounding, posted a 10-point, 19-rebound double-double in the losing effort.
Raptors Uprising and Knicks Gaming will both play spectators the rest of the way, as the second-ever NBA 2K League playoffs get set to begin next week with No. 1 seed Blazer5 Gaming entering this year’s post-season as the favourites.
Toronto never found their groove in season two, failing to string together more than two wins in a row this year despite finishing .500. As they did last year, however, the team from North showed heart and resilience until the very end, but ultimately fell just short this time around.
“If there were a few words I could use to describe our season,” said Coach Ogi, “it would be inconsistent. I have a competitive group of guys, however, that hate losing more than anything. Everything they do turns into a competition. Resiliency is just a part of our team’s culture. You’ll see Raptors Uprising back next year.”