Even though they knew they were essentially eliminated from playoff contention following their loss to Grizz Gaming earlier in the evening, Magic Gaming still felt like there was plenty at stake in their regular season finale.
While their main goal, of course, was to make the playoffs and compete for a championship, ending the year with a winning record was important to the Magic, as it is for every team going into a season.
With that in mind, the Magic made sure they didn’t lose their focus against Wizards District Gaming. All five players scored in double figures, including Cameron “KingCamRoyalty” Ford, who made 10 of his 11 shots, as Magic Gaming (9-7) defeated the Wizards 73-59.
KingCamRoyalty, the NBA 2K League field goal percentage leader, recorded a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Two of his buckets – one a layup and another a dunk – came early in the fourth quarter, which helped prevent the Wizards from getting within striking distance.
MVP candidate Brendan “Reizey” Hill, who is also the frontrunner for the Rookie of the Year award, delivered a solid performance to wrap up his splendid season, posting 16 points and nine assists. Fellow first-year standout Daniel “DT” Tlais chipped in with 14 points, while Emmanuel “UCMANNY” Cruz scored 13 and Brandon “ToXsiK” Raudenbush, whom the Magic acquired in a trade mid-season, had 10 points.
Unlike in their game against the Grizzlies when they shot just 47 percent from the field, the Magic were much more efficient in this contest, making nearly 70 percent of their shots and accumulating 20 assists.
The Magic also did an excellent job guarding the 3-point line, as the Wizards connected on just six of their 13 3-point attempts.
Maurice “ReeseDaGod” Delaney led Washington with 25 points, while Isaac “Gilly” Gilton scored 15. The Wizards were already eliminated from playoff contention before the day began.
Seven of the eight playoff teams have already clinched with the last spot to be filled on Friday. The postseason begins on July 24.