Knicks Gaming Reaches NBA 2K League Finals

By: Lucky Ngamwajasat

In 1999, the 8th-seeded New York Knicks went on a Cinderella playoff run to the NBA Finals.

Now, Knicks Gaming has done the same in the inaugural NBA 2K League season.

After pulling off a stunning upset over top-seeded Blazer5 in the quarterfinals of the NBA 2K League playoffs, Knicks Gaming won the final two games of their best-of-three semifinals series against Cavs Legion GC in dramatic fashion. They now move on to take on Heat Check Gaming next week, in another best-of-three series to determine the champions.

A close Game 1 loss to Cavs Legion had Knicks Gaming in a must-win situation. It was a win-or-go-home time for Knicks Gaming and they had to have their ‘A’ Games going or have their season come to an abrupt end.

Knicks Gaming played well in the early stages of  Game 2 and had a lead after the first stanza.

But Cavs Legion GC would surge ahead and took a commanding nine-point into the halftime interval of Game 2.

With everything on the line, Knicks Gaming would not go down quietly. NateKahl started the slow climb back with a nice backdoor cut, leading to an easy jam.

The hometown crowd started to believe Knicks Gaming could force a deciding Game 3 and showed their support.

After getting outplayed in Game 1, G O O F Y 7 5 7 took matters into his own hands. He was a monster down low and began to feel it.

The momentum built by G O O F Y’s offensive exploits transferred over to the defensive side of his game.

Knicks Gaming would take the lead in the fourth quarter. But in order to keep their season alive, they needed a big defensive stop. G O O F Y came up big on the final possession of Game 2 with a season-saving play.

The hometown fans LOVED it.

Knicks Gaming picked up where they left off in Game 3, starting off strong behind iamadamthe1st‘s three-point shooting.

iamadamthe1st continued to light it up from deep, hitting this 3 to give Knicks Gaming an 11-point lead at the end of the first quarter.

Cavs Legion pulled closer in the second quarter, but Knicks Gaming was well in control at halftime in Game 3.

G O O F Y continued to control the paint with an aggressive attitude. There were going to be no easy buckets for Cavs Legion.

Cavs Legion made it a one-possession game in the fourth quarter …

… but, in the end, Knicks Gaming closed it out!

After another clutch performance, G O O F Y spoke about the team’s thrilling run to the Finals.

STATS OF THE NIGHT: Knicks Gaming rode the dynamic duo of G O O F Y and iamadamthe1st in Games 2 and 3. Both players recorded back-to-back doubles in the two contests.

UP NEXT: It’s on the final for Knicks Gaming, as they take on HeatCheck Gaming next Saturday in a best-of-three series for the NBA2K League Championship. You can watch live coverage of the series on Twitch.

TUNE IN: Don’t miss the next episode of KNX Gaming: Inside the NBA 2K league Tuesday at 10 PM on MSG and MSG GO.

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