Magic Gaming’s opponents on Saturday, the Knicks and Warriors, featured two of the premier scoring big men in the entire NBA 2K League, Dayvon “Goofy757” Curry and Jordan “Vert” Gates. Vert, in fact, ranked fourth in the league in scoring entering this weekend’s action and Goofy757 wasn’t too far behind him.
Just a few hours after limiting the Knicks’ frontcourt star to his second worst scoring performance of the season, 16 points on 10 shot attempts, Magic Gaming’s stifling defense held Vert to a measly 10 points in a 55-48 victory over Warriors Gaming Squad.
Suddenly, in congruence with some lineup changes, the Magic have become one of the best defensive teams in the league. If Goofy757’s and Vert’s poor production wasn’t enough evidence of that, what transpired in the fourth quarter against the Warriors may boost this notion even further.
Magic Gaming recorded a steal, a deflection or a block on five consecutive defensive possessions early in the fourth. All of those plays led to high percentage scoring chances on the other end.
The Warriors shot just 4-of-12 from beyond the arc and didn’t attempt a single free throw.
“We knew Vert who played center for them that game is their best player and they were going to try and really run their offense through him,” Magic Gaming point guard Christopher “KontruL” Cantrell said. “We felt as though if we helped out around the perimeter and got out to our man and rotated well that we were going to be able to really slow down their offense which we were able to do today.”
Outhustling the Warriors was also a big factor. Cameron “KingCamRoyalty” Ford, who followed up his 23-point, 11-rebound performance in his regular season debut with 14 points, eight rebounds and six assists, was sensational on the offensive glass. His offensive rebound in the waning moments of the third quarter led to a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Emmanuel “UCMANNY” Cruz, who also filled up the stat sheet with 13 points, nine rebounds, three steals and two assists.
“We know Cam is a great inside-out type of guy,” KontruL said. “He can really set us up for success by starting inside, getting some dunks, getting some offensive rebounds, getting some alley-oops. I think that starts it all.”
Jorge “marley213s” Renteria led all scorers with 15 points, KontruL chipped in with eight points and Bilal “SUPREME PULLER” Almashni had five points.
Now at 2-2 and extremely confident, the Magic will look to build some momentum off this weekend’s success. They will take on Grizz Gaming on Saturday, June 2 at 1 p.m. ET.