Weekly Recap: NetsGC Tops Lakers Gaming to Snap Losing Streak

Sometimes all it takes is one more lineup change.

Keyed by a decisive lineup adjustment, NetsGC returned to the win column after an inspired 67-57 win over Lakers Gaming in the Friday nightcap of week five of NBA 2K League action. With the victory, the team moves to 3-4 on the year, enough for 11th in the standings.

The win over Lakers Gaming will go down as one of the best in early NetsGC history, as well as a seminal game in the NBA 2K League’s second season. The two expansion teams found themselves deadlocked after a back-and-forth fourth-quarter battle—a Wavy.zay trey with minutes to play, a NateKahl alley-oop with seconds on the clock—which Lakers Gaming point guard KontruL evened at 57 with a layup with 1.7 second remaining in regulation.

But three dunks paced NetsGC to a remarkable 10-0 run in overtime, including four points apiece from Wavy.zay and Shuttles. The NetsGC first-round pick moved to small forward, with Lav making his first start at point guard. The switch helped the team click: Wavy.zay scored a game-high 23 points, while Lav added an essential 13 points and nine assists in the win. Shockey made an impressive return to the starting lineup: he posted a well-rounded eight-point, 13-rebound, and six-assist performance at center.

NetsGC snapped a four-game regular-season losing streak with the win. That bodes well for their overall playoff push and for their prospective seeding in THE TICKET Tournament, which is based on teams’ performance over the course of weeks five to eight. The team plays four games in that span, and with this win secured, things are looking bright in Brooklyn.

On the Horizon: Week six is a busy one for NetsGC. The team plays a doubleheader on Friday, May 24, with games at 8 and 10 pm EST, its second straight week with the NBA 2K League nightcap. That final game will come against Jazz Gaming (4-3), which has improved considerably after inserting third-round pick Alontae “Gliz” Proctor into the starting lineup. But it’s the 8 pm matchup that turns heads: it’s another Battle of the Boroughs, with NetsGC facing off against Knicks Gaming (1-4). The rematch of the TIPOFF Tournament (which NetsGC won 55-49) will be the cross-town rivals’ second-ever meeting.