Wizards District Gaming split its series with Warriors Gaming Squad on Friday night in what was a rematch of the 2020 NBA 2K League Finals. WDG entered the two-game matchup third in the Eastern Conference Standings with a 4-2 regular season record. WGS held a 3-1 record ahead of the matchup with the defending champions. The series split keeps Wizards District Gaming at third in the East going into the last night of play in Week 3.
WDG got off to a slow start in Game 1 of the night, falling behind 19-9 at the end of the first quarter. The defending champs shot just 4-for-12 from the field in the first quarter and the missed shots gave WGS some easy buckets in transition. WDG cut the Warriors’ lead to just three points with seconds remaining in the first half, but a 3-pointer as time expired from ANTOINE pushed the lead back to six points and gave WGS the momentum heading into the second half. The Warriors won both quarters in the second half as WDG’s offense couldn’t get going and WGS took Game 1 by a 73-59 margin.
Dayfri led the way in scoring for Wizards District Gaming with 24 points on 11-for-12 from the field. The WDG center also added eight rebounds and four assists. JBM contributed 17 points and 11 assists in the losing effort.
In Game 2 of the evening, head coach Patrick Crossan made some changes to WDG’s lineup, sliding Newdini to the power forward position, inserting BRich into the game at shooting guard and moving xoLebron to the bench. The move sparked a Player of the Night performance from Newdini, who helped ignite WDG’s offense in the NBA 2K League Game of the Week with 23 points on just 11 shot attempts and 5-for-5 from beyond the 3-point line. JBM led all scorers with 31 points and dished out 12 assists.
The series split gives WDG a 5-3 record on the regular season and the team currently sits at third in the Eastern Conference standings. WDG will face NetsGC on Wednesday, June 16 at 9pm and 10pm ET and a rematch with Raptors Uprising GC on Thursday, June 17 at 7pm and 8pm ET. All four games can be seen live on NBC Sports Washington, the Monumental Sports Network and on the NBA 2K League’s Twitch and YouTube Channels. WDG will also be streaming live on Twitch both days at 5pm ET with the McDonald’s DMV Virtual Tailgate with iiNsaniTTy.