The 2021 NBA 2k League playoffs kicked off on Thursday, August 26th, live from Dallas, Texas. This was the first live event of the year, after playing remote throughout the season.
The First Two Matchups
Blazer5 entered the playoffs fresh off their runner—up performance this past weekend at the Ticket Tournament. They would draw the third seed Jazz Gaming in round one. Jazz Gaming took game one by 20 points to go up one game to nothing in the best of three.
Jazz Gaming started fast in game two with the opening six points. The Blazer5 battled back to make it a 21-19 game after a quarter. At halftime, the score was 46-43 in favor of the Jazz. Blazer5 mounted a third-quarter comeback and held a 61-55 lead after three quarters. In the fourth, a four-point play tied the game at 69 with about three minutes to play in the game. The game remained tied at 81-81 with just a couple of ticks left on the clock. Jazz Gaming hit a corner three to win the ball game and series as the Blazer5 last-second three didn’t land before the backboard lit up.
Knicks Gaming faced off against Grizz Gaming in round one. Grizz Gaming started strong and led after the first quarter of game one. They then never looked back in an easy game one win.
Knicks Gaming had the edge in game two as they led after three quarters by 15 points. They never looked back as they took game two to save themselves from elimination.
The momentum continued into the first quarter of game three as the Knicks took a 23-10 lead. The lead stayed the same at the half at 40-27 in favor of Knicks Gaming. After three quarters, the lead ballooned to 19 with a score of 58-39 Knicks. They kept that up to finish with a 20-point win and advance over the higher seed Jazz Gaming.
The Second Pairings Face-Off
Pistons GT matched up with Warriors Gaming Squad in the matchup of the five seed against four seed. It was close early and remained close throughout the entire game. Pistons GT took game one by a slim six-point margin 69-63. Warriors Gaming squad won a close one in game two, 73-68, forcing a game three. The last game wasn’t too close as Warriors Gaming Squad won by 17 points to advance to round two with an 81-64 victory.
76ers GC played NetsGC in the eastern conference battle of five seed against four seed. NetsGC took game one by double digits, 72-62. 76s GC then caught fire offensively in a 103-79 game two win to stave off elimination. NetsGC would then finish the series with a 96-80 win to secure a spot in the second round of the playoffs.
Round two of the playoffs is Friday, August 27th, 2021 starting at 5 pm est.