Behind 21 points from Alexander "ProFusion" Snowden, Celtics Crossover Gaming upset top-seeded Pacers Gaming 61-54 on Friday to advance to the quarterfinals of the NBA 2K League's The Turn tournament.
Mavs Gaming, T-Wolves Gaming, Bucks Gaming, Kings Guard Gaming and Jazz Gaming also reached the quarterfinals.
All 21 NBA 2K teams entered the $180,000 event being held at HyperX Esports Arena in Las Vegas. The winning team will pocket $90,720, and the runner-up will receive $29,760.
Albano "oFAB" Thomallari contributed 14 points and 12 assists in the Celtics' win. The Pacers, who are 4-0 in regular-season action, got 16 points from Nick "Swizurk" Grech and 13 points and 10 rebounds from Ramo "Ramo" Radoncic.
The second-seeded Mavs, who have a 7-0 regular-season mark, beat Knicks Gaming 85-70, receiving 21 points and 11 assists from Artreyo "Dimez" Boyd, 21 points from Justin "Sherm" Sherman and 13 points and 14 rebounds from Peter "PeteBeBallin" Malin. The Knicks got a game-high 23 points from Malik "OriginalMalik" Hobson.
Christopher "TURNUPDEFENSE" Anderson scored 18 points to pace the T-Wolves in a 63-59 decision over Blazer5 Gaming. Nidal "Mama Im Dat Man" Nasser had 20 points and 13 rebounds for Blazer5, who also got 20 points from Matthew "KinG PeroXide" Hofmann.
Aaron "Arooks" Rookwood poured in 29 points and sank seven 3-pointers as the Bucks toppled Raptors Uprising GC 72-62. Kenneth "Kenny Got Work" Hailey led the Raptors with 19 points.
Michael "Bp" Diaz's 16 points helped the Kings oust Magic Gaming 52-47. Brendan "Reizey" Hill compiled 15 points and nine assists for the Magic.
Spencer "Ria" Wyman had 13 points and 14 rebounds to guide Jazz Gaming to a 51-44 win over Cavs Legion GC. Bobby "MOAM" Wilson also scored 13 points for the Jazz. Timothy "oLARRY" Anselimo produced 18 points while Williams "Strainer" Morales had 10 points and 10 assists for the Cavs.
The Saturday quarterfinals matchups are:
Celtics Crossover Gaming vs. 76ers GC
Warriors Gaming Squad vs. Mavs Gaming
T-Wolves Gaming vs. Jazz Gaming
Kings Guard Gaming vs. Bucks Gaming
The semifinals and final also will be played Saturday.
--Field Level Media