TORONTO, Canada—It’s still not too late to get on the Raptors Uprising GC bandwagon.
Toronto’s professional NBA 2K League team improved to 5-0 in the regular season Tuesday evening, storming past Season 1 champions Knicks Gaming (2-0 series).
From various spots on the floor and in a variety of ways, point guard Kenny Got Work scored a combined 69 points to lead all players on a night that showcased, once again, how dominant this Raptors Uprising (5-0) team can be.
It started with defence.
Entering Game 1, Toronto averaged 12.2 steals per contest. They almost eclipsed that feat in the first half, as both Kenny Got Work and shooting guard Timelycook were relentless in the full-court press, ending the game with nine of the team’s 14 takeaways.
The two former Still Trill teammates would go on to turn many of those pickpockets into buckets the other way, as Raptors Uprising would open up a commanding 15-point lead at halftime and never look back, taking the opener (83-65).
Kenny Got Work finished with a game-high 37 points, while Timelycook added 26—including hitting his first 11 shots from the field. Centre Sick One also made noise, coming up one assist shy of his fourth triple-double of the season.
“We just have so much chemistry,” said power forward Legit 973. “Everybody on the team just knows what each other wants to do, so that just makes it easier for us. Everyone trusts each other; it’s just good vibes over here.”
— Raptors Uprising GC (@RaptorsGC) May 19, 2020
That team chemistry was on full display in Game 2, as Knicks Gaming (1-2) came out swinging.
Second-overall pick Duck would try everything to give his team the edge, pouring in 31 while Toronto-native EhTruth, who was making his NBA 2K League debut against his hometown side, also provided a big spark at power forward for New York.
Knicks Gaming would carry a two-point lead into half, however, in the end, their efforts would be for not as the ball movement by Toronto would prove to be too much for New York to handle.
Raptors Uprising refused to settle for contested shots, instead opting to trust in one another to make the extra pass. In the third quarter, their selfless efforts paid off, as the team would outscore Knicks Gaming 25-14, eventually cruising to a (78-72) victory.
Kenny Got Work’s 32 points and nine assists were supplemented by ReeceMode’s 28 and four, as the rookie sharpshooter, who entered the night connecting on 73.3 per cent of his shots from long range, would finish Game 2 eight-of-10 from downtown.
— Raptors Uprising GC (@RaptorsGC) May 20, 2020
Toronto will try to extend their best-ever start to an NBA 2K League season on Thursday when they take on Hawks Talon GC (3-1) in what the team expects should be a very competitive tilt.
“Hawks Talon are definitely going to be a good matchup for us,” said Legit 973. “BP, everyone already know what he does, he’s amazing. They have some lower-key guys around him, but they compliment him really well.”
Tuesday’s NBA 2K League action was broadcasted live on Sportsnet ONE and across ESPN 2 in the United States.
UP NEXT: Two of the hottest point guards in the league go head-to-head on Thursday night as Raptors Uprising will try to move to 6-0 when they take on a surging Hawks Talon GC team. Atlanta have won their last three games after opening their season with a loss, while Toronto is looking forward to their first-ever matchup with the 2019 expansion side. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. EST, and you can stream the game live on Twitch or YouTube.